Participants in the spring 2019 Growing Together – Rising Strong project are seen at L.V. Rogers Secondary.                                 Photo submitted

Participants in the spring 2019 Growing Together – Rising Strong project are seen at L.V. Rogers Secondary. Photo submitted

Osprey and RBC announce local grants totalling $30,000

Grants are for youth-led projects

Submitted by the Osprey Community Foundation

Osprey Community Foundation and RBC Foundation are providing a grants totalling $30,000 to youth-led projects in our communities.

A $5,000 grant is being awarded to support Growing Together – Rising Strong, a youth-led project bringing together L.V. Rogers students and seniors to discuss a variety of contemporary issues such as climate change, loneliness, death and more. The students will produce a documentary of their conversations and experiences to share with the community.

The Nelson and District Youth Centre will receive $10,000 for its centre revitalization project. The project will see local elderly outdoor athletes sharing their stories and sparking the imaginations of Nelson’s youth. These stories will then be represented in a youth-led mural on the centre’s exterior wall.

Another $15,000 has been awarded to the following youth-led projects in the Slocan Valley, North Kootenay Lake and Salmo Valley. Kaslo’s Community Pride Celebration 2020 (Kaslo’s first such celebration), the River Speaks project in the Salmo Valley, a series of educational and creative workshops addressing watershed health and the Slocan Valley Unity Mural, a cross cultural, multi-panel artwork by Slocan Valley students on their journey with reconciliation.

As a part of the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, grants like these are being made to youth-led projects in 150 small and medium sized communities across Canada. The goal of the program is to shift the power to young leaders making positive social or environmental change in their communities, while gaining valuable skills and experience.

“The vitality of our community is most accurately measured by the people who are engaged in making it better. RBC is proud to see how the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is making youth part of the conversation and also part of the solution,” says Nelson RBC branch manager Janice Maclean.