Youth United program grants for youth, by youth, are made possible through local donations to United Way Simcoe Muskoka's Community Fund, and in partnership with local registered charities.
Home Alone Safety Workshop for Youth with Hearing Loss
Community Agency Partner: Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka
A workshop tailored to the needs of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing youth, aged 10-16, in collaboration with St. John Ambulance. This course has been designed through collaborative work between Seconds Save Lives and Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka. Instruction in both ASL and spoken English.
Community Agency Partner: Gravenhurst Alternate Education & Training Centre (TLDSB)
A series of 10 workshops designed to provide an opportunity for young people to experience a stress-reducing/anger-management activity using Tibetan Singing Bowls for meditation. This is for all students who are feeling “weight on their shoulders” and need to relieve unwanted energy.
Children’s Mental Health Day
Community Agency Partner: Collingwood Collegiate Institute (SCDSB)
Collingwood CI student leaders of the SANE (Students Advocating Non-violence Everywhere) group proposed a Children’s Mental Health Day at their high school. Approximately 400 area elementary students/teachers/administrators would be invited to attend. In addition to bringing in an engaging guest speaker, different community agencies would also be invited to showcase their services to young participants.
Special Olympics Wants You!
Community Agency Partner: Special Olympics Barrie Chapter
This project aims to recruit volunteers to Special Olympics, and to educate high school students about Special Olympics by setting up information booths at Eastview Secondary School and Barrie North Collegiate. Currently, only five per cent of individuals eligible to participate in the Special Olympics are enrolled in the games. It is hoped that with more volunteers, a greater proportion of eligible athletes may be encouraged to participate.
Community Agency Partner: Community Living Huronia
A series of five Zumba sessions at our local high schools (Midland Secondary School and St. Theresa’s Catholic High School) will be held during lunch periods to motivate students to become included and involved in a healthy activity. The difference with this project will truly be defined by the positive relationships formed through the participation of this project.
Sports Drop In
Community Agency Partner: Mapleview Community Church (with Youth Haven)
This will be a bi-weekly basketball drop in, with healthy snacks included. Through the program, we hope to build community in the young adults and increase the youth capacity. We also hope to raise/instill healthy lifestyle awareness, as well as healthy eating habits in youth.
For more information about Youth United, contact:
UWSM Associate Director, Community Impact
705-726-2301, extension 2024