Volunteering pays off for high school students

Youth Futures Council Member Nicole Mountain says she’s happy that government is following the council’s advice to provide more post-secondary education funding to high school students who volunteer in their communities.

The Community Service Bursary has expanded to include grade 10 students, and the maximum bursary available has increased from $500 to $750. The Youth Futures Council is working diligently to represent the voice of young Islanders; expanding the bursary is one of the council’s first recommendations to be implemented.

“The Youth Futures Council is thrilled to see that our recommendations are being heard and valued,” said Mountain, who has been an active community volunteer for more than 10 years. “This and other youth initiatives, including YDay 2017, provide young Islanders with incredible opportunities to frame their futures and show what we can accomplish by working together.”

YDay 2016 brought young Islanders together with government and community partners to share ideas for the future. The YDay 2016 report is now available online at http://www.ypei.ca and the Youth Futures Council is busy planning for YDay 2017 this October.

The Prince Edward Island Government provides over $30 million in student financial assistance programs, including over 8,800 loans, grants, and bursaries to Island students.

“Expanding the Community Service Bursary helps students pay for college or university, and encourages young people to volunteer earlier and more often in their communities, which is good for everyone,” said Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant. “Helping our young Islanders with post-secondary education leads to a more skilled workforce, which helps grow our economy and strengthen our communities.”

Camp Triumph’s Matt Sheriko added, “youth volunteers are at the core of delivering Camp Triumph’s programs. Both Camp Triumph and many Island youth have greatly benefitted from volunteer efforts. Our campers have a unique perspective on life and the incredibly valuable experience they get when they attend is further enriched by the youth volunteers.”

Organizations and students interested in taking part in the Community Services Bursary can get details at www.princeedwardisland.ca/csbursary.
For more information on Camp Triumph, visit www.camptriumph.ca or on Facebook and Instagram.

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