#ygkChallenge: Help KickStart a Student Project

Community Foundation of Kingston, Vital Signs, Kingston, OntarioWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Share the KickStart package with an elementary or high-school student and encourage them to develop a community project with their class. The Community Foundation’s for Kingston and the Area’s (CFKA) Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is an active group of 13 to 25 year olds who are interested in volunteering and philanthropy. YAC’s Kickstart! Mini-Grants is a youth granting to youth initiative which encourages elementary and high-school school classes in Kingston to apply for up to $400 in funding to support small community projects.  Successful applications will:

  • build on existing community strengths and assets.
  • respond to clearly identified local needs and provide demonstrable enrichment to the community.
  • use resources efficiently and effectively.
  • involve meaningful partnerships.
  • strive for a significant and/or lasting impact.
  • benefit a wide audience.
  • show innovation, creativity, proactive thinking, and a degree of risk.

Since it’s inception in 1995, the Community Foundation has awarded approximately $6 million in grants. Together the 180 Community Foundations in Canada are among the largest supporters of Canadian communities, having $3 billion in assets and in 2010 provided over $150 million in support of local priorities and organizations.

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by sharing the link and encouraging the participation of your friends and family. By joining together in our weekly challenge, we hope to accomplish big and positive things for our community.
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Submitted to Kingstonist’s Community Soapbox by: the Community Foundation for Greater Kingston.

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