There are a few charities that are close to my heart and Free the Children is one of them. I am so excited to share with you a new inititive from Telus that takes the message of Free the Children into classrooms across Quebec.
Last month, at École Villa Sainte-Marcelline, TELUS launched its innovative Give Where You Live program. This program, developed in partnership with Free The Children, educates, encourages and empowers young people to become ambassadors of positive change and visionary leaders of tomorrow.
The Give Where You Live program includes speaking tours, workshops and a curriculum that introduce youth to philanthropy. It engages youth on the importance of giving back and that one’s own time and talent is often the most powerful and rewarding gift we can give. The program recognizes the great potential in today’s youth to identify opportunities to enhance the lives of others.
“Growing up, my friends and I were always searching for ways we could help get involved and make a difference in our community, but they were difficult to find,” said Craig Kielburger, founder of Free The Children. “The Give Where you Live program will provide our schools and their students with all the tools, information and support they ever wanted to help spark change and support their local community, helping them to become future leaders and change makers.”
The Give Where You Live program will make the rounds of schools across Quebec, at no cost to the schools thanks to the support of TELUS. Inspirational speakers from Free The Children will share their stories and philanthropic experiences in an effort to further inspire and empower young people. Students will leave the talk and workshop armed with a concrete action plan to tackle the issues they care about.
“The TELUS team strongly believes in its ‘we give where we live’ philosophy, which lies at the very heart of our corporate DNA. Free the Children is inspired by this same profound desire for change; by uniting our efforts and launching this new program, we are providing young people with the tools they need to achieve their full potential,” noted François Gratton, President of TELUS Québec and Atlantic provinces. “Whether by setting up a food bank for the disadvantaged, cleaning up alleys, or creating an organization to end bullying in schools, our primary objective is to equip young people to become responsible citizens. In helping today’s youth, we are also contributing to building a better future for Quebec.”
$1,000 to help young people become agents of change
Each school which participates in the Give Where You Live program will be encouraged to identify causes in their community that individual students, classes or entire schools can support. Once students have developed an action plan, they will have the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 charitable grant from TELUS to bring their initiative to life. The Give Where You Live speaking tour and associated curriculum first launched in 40 B.C. secondary schools earlier this year, with the expectation that 150,000 youth across Canada will be involved in this philanthropic initiative by 2016.
For more information about TELUS in our community, visit www.telus.com/community.
For more information about Free the Children, visit www.freethechildren.com.
Disclosure – This is not a sponsored post. I am just sharing a great initiative with my Quebec readers.