Rosedale United Church is a long-standing congregation of the United Church of Canada, committed to a practice of the Christian faith which promotes learning, growth and service in the world. The Youth Impact Award is an annual one-time award of $5,000 for projects initiated by young people that will help strengthen a community in Canada or abroad. The project could be in any field as long as it is consistent with our goals of learning, growth, and service to others, will have a positive impact on the community and provide a meaningful life experience for the young person(s) involved. Successful applicants will be expected to write a brief report at the end of the project on lessons learned and how it helped to change lives for the better.
Previous recipients of the Youth Impact Award have made and impact on their communities through projects such as:
-bringing together the hearing and Deaf communities to foster understanding and mutual acceptance
-creating a film project discussing access to mental health services for precarious youth
-planning and running workshops to help girls and women develop self-reflection, leadership, and wellness skills.
The award is open to persons of any faith. Applicants should be between 16-25 years of age and must have a mentor. Either individuals or teams may apply as long as the project meets the award criteria.
The award is designed to help a young person or persons, assisted by a mentor, fulfill a dream or goal that will help strengthen a community that is meaningful to them. Some of the criteria that will be used to select the winning project include:
How will the project benefit the community involved?
How will it provide a meaningful life experience for the applicant(s)?
How could it be an inspiration or catalyst for other young people looking to make a positive impact?
Mentors could be from one of the partner organizations listed below or a teacher, social worker, counselor, minister or other professional. They help complete the award application as well as filling out the mentor section of the form. Depending on the applicant’s age, experience and the complexity of the project they may also play an ongoing role in helping turn the project into a reality. This role (if any) should be made clear in the application.
Applications for the 2017 Youth Impact Award will be posted shortly.
All applicants will be contacted. Short-listed applicants will be required to meet with members of the selection committee to present their project. We hope to announce the successful recipient in early 2017.
For assistance or further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
click here to view a copy of the application – YIA-application 10-15