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A group of Queen Elizabeth Secondary students is helping make a difference in the lives of those in need, after their advocacy garnered $5,000 for the Fraser Regional Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association (FRAFCA).
The students were participants in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), which grants hundreds of thousands of dollars to community-based social service charities each year, based on the research, presentations and support of secondary students.
About 40 groups at Queen Elizabeth have been participating in YPI throught the year, giving presentations about their selected charities. Five groups faced the judges in the finals, with Grade 10 students Melanie Dizon, Jaxson Piwek, Kevin Lang and Dawn Tanjili's group winning first place. The students explained and created a visual representation of FRAFCA's initiatives, using a slideshow and videos. They spoke about how the money would benefit the organization and about their experience interviewing a number of participants in the programs at FRAFCA.
Kari Bullock, Aboriginal Infant Development Consultant, was in attendance at the final presentations and was thrilled to receive the cheque. These student-generated funds will support the Infant Development Program, the Urban Elder Program and the Aboriginal Early Childhood Development initiative.