Each year, grade 10 students at Argyle Secondary School take part in a friendly competition to win $5,000 for their selected charity. This year was the ninth year that the school has taken part in the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative – bringing the school's total fundraising amount through this program up to $45,000 in support of local charities.
"It is really rewarding to connect student learning to the community in such a meaningful way. Not only do students in Career & Life Education 10 classes learn a great deal about charities and organizational behaviour, but they also directly help the local community," said Sean Soper, Teacher, Argyle Secondary School.
The Youth & Philanthropy Initiative is a global program that provides youth with the opportunity to become involved in learning about and supporting charities in their local community. Students research, interview, and present on a local charity that they would like to advocate for. One group is selected from each Careers 10 class to go to the finals. These groups present their proposals to a panel of judges at the finals. The winning group at the finals receives a $5,000 grant for their local North Shore charity.
The 2019 winning group is Adreanna Cundiff, Sarah Johnstone, Sophia Frers. This year's $5,000 grant will go to support the North Shore Women's Centre, as a result of the outstanding work of these students.