Youth DoGooders take on homelessness with grant from Canada Life Youth United

Canada Life Youth United fall grant winners

Canada Life Youth United has awarded a grant to Anago Resources for Anago Cares, a youth-led initiative aimed at supporting young people experiencing homelessness in downtown London. The project will focus on the creation and distribution of care packages to people experiencing homelessness and will include healthy home-made bag lunches, personal and feminine-hygiene products, hats, mittens, and a positive affirmation card.

“I am thrilled to get behind this project,” says Jolene Arts, Program Director, Anago Resources. “The Youth Leaders involved will uplift those who need it with connection, acceptance, and the knowledge that they are not alone.”

The Anago Cares Youth Leaders will organize, plan and oversee the creation of each care package. They will use and develop new skills including food preparation, knitting, budgeting, time management and teamwork. Packages will be distributed in person on the 15th of January, February and March in the downtown core to any individuals needing support.

Anago Cares Youth Leaders are residents of the live-in program for girls at Anago Parkhill Therapeutic Care Residence, receiving support for a variety of personal reasons such as abuse or poor mental health. Each resident makes the courageous decision to enroll in the program and receive treatment, taking control of their own life.

Other 2019 grant recipients include:

  • Life Skills – John Howard Society
  • Early Outreach Conference – USC, Western University
  • Juvenile Diabetes Camp – Rotaract Club, Western University
  • London Cricket League – Gujarati Student’s Association Western University
  • LMM Royals Basketball – London Muslim Mosque

About Canada Life Youth United

Canada Life Youth United provides small grants to youth-initiated and youth-led volunteer teams that have developed a creative action plan to address an issue related to poverty, mental health, children & youth or newcomers . With the support of teachers, principals, community leaders, their peers, United Way and others, Canada Life Youth United applicants develop their own solutions and responses to the problems that concern them. They learn skills necessary to design, implement, monitor and evaluate meaningful and relevant community projects.

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