Passion to Purpose Virtual Youth Summit 2021

Passion to Purpose Virtual Summit 2021

#PASSIONTOPURPOSE

Virtual Youth Leadership Summit

Adapt, Evolve, and Lead in a post-pandemic world

What to Expect

Develop your project

Discover ways you can make difference in your community. Learn best practices, tips and tricks for launching your service project.

P2P group collaboration

Collaborate across Canada

Connect with like-minded youth across the country, share ideas, network, and make new friends!

Find inspiration

Hear from insightful speakers real life stories of creating purposeful service initiatives, and find inspiration in launching your own. 

“At the [2020 Passion to Purpose Bootcamp] I had the opportunity to hear about several successful projects... listen to keynote speakers, take part in workshops... and this inspired me to lead my own. I am now organizing a four-week program for teenagers around resiliency and mental health. [Passion to Purpose] has given me confidence to put together my own service project, and I am so excited to be able to do so.”
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Carissa Konesky
Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Achiever, and Passion to Purpose Grantee

Schedule

Select your Day 4 Workshop

On Day 4, Leader’s Toolkit: Building your Skill Set, participants will select a preferred workshop for the afternoon session. Be sure to register for your preferred workshop in advance! There is limited space so it will be on a first come first serve basis.

Presentations Sign Up

Click the button below to submit your interest in presenting your sample project idea to this year’s participant delegation. Remember, if you are using this summit as your Gold Project, you are required to present. All members of the Gold group should be on camera and ready to answer any questions asked of the group. 

Event Resources

Event Workbook

Download the digital version of your event workbook.

Action Guide

The Community Action Guide will help you plan your service project.

Project Success Guide

Use this guide to help ensure that your project is a success.

Project Templates

Check out these helpful project templates 

SMART Goals

Learn to plan your project effectively with the SMART Goal framework.

Grant Applications

Learn about the grant requirements and how to apply.

Mentorship Calls

Schedule a call to get help with your grant application or service project.

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Speakers

Our speaker Alison Springer has been working with youth for over 20 years and she loves it.  Living in Calgary, she is a professional youth speaker who travels all across Canada to speak to students at schools, camps, and conferences. Alison is also the Founder of Young Women of Power an organization that inspires female greatness hosting a Conference every year for teens girls this year in October. Alison was awarded the 2019 Women of Inspiration Difference Maker Award for the impact she has on youth and especially females across Canada. She coached High School basketball for so many years, but don’t be fooled, her favourite sport is actually…volleyball.  

 

 Alison is passionate about helping students discover the greatness that lies within, while placing high value on people and self. Too often it is easier to see our weaknesses than our strengths, which affects how we treat each other. Get ready to view your weaknesses in a new light.  

Melissa Tobin

Melissa Tobin is an Award alumni and a passionate leader from Newfoundland and LabradorShe is a cat lover, outdoor enthusiast and third year medical student at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Melissa is a long time volunteer with Special Olympics and has held numerous leadership positions at the local and provincial level. She attended the first P2P Forum in 2018 and subsequently created the Sunshine Swim Camp. In 2020, she was awarded a $15,000 scale up grant from the Duke of Ed and created Sunshine Kindness Kits and the Sunshine Summer Challenge.  Melissa’s is looking forward to continuing her impact by mentoring other youth to create change in their communities. 

Joelle MacPhee

Joelle MacPhee is a passionate product marketer who loves working on educational products that make a difference. After graduating from business school, Joelle joined her grandmother, a leading reading researcher, to launch Ooka Island, a research-based, reading company for students in grades PreK-2. During this time, Joelle applied her “try anything once” marketing philosophy and scaled Ooka Island’s user base worldwide in 36 countries. Joelle has appeared on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, BNN’s Disruptors Series, and the W Network’s Backyard Inventors. In 2017, Ooka Island was acquired by leading children’s publisher, Scholastic, and in 2019, Ooka Island won the prestigious CODiES Award for Best Educational App. Today, Joelle works for Scholastic Education Solutions as Director of Product Marketing.

Swish Goswami, 24, is the CEO of Trufan, a tech company building products that improve brand engagement while respecting a consumer’s right to privacy and compensation. His company has made two acquisitions, raised over $4.1M to date (from several NBA players and venture firms) and has clients like Sony Music, Netflix, NBA, NFL, P&G and a plethora of small to medium sized businesses.  

 

Swish has given three TEDx talks, secured a publishing deal with Kogan Page and a sneaker deal with K-Swiss, and set up an angel fund called AGEX Capital. Through AGEX, he is an advisor/investor in popular social companies like Upstream, FaZe Clan and Ashare. Swish has a personal following of over 200,000. For his entrepreneurial and philanthropic achievements, Swish was inducted into Plan Canada’s Top 20 under 20, recognized as LinkedIn’s Top Voice and Startup Canada’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year and awarded the United Nation’s Outstanding Youth Leadership award.  

Saifon Diallo

Saifon Diallo immigrated from Guinea and started playing basketball at the age of fourteen. Despite his passion for the game, Saifon lacked family and financial support, which made it difficult for him to attain opportunities that his friends and teammates were graced with. Saifon is still working hard towards fulfilling his dream of making it to the professional league and inspiring the youth around him. 

David Lingisi

David Lingisi, 24, born in Montreal, Quebec and raised in Hamilton, Ontario from the age of 4 has been battling with sickle cell disease his entire life. As a producer and entrepreneur, David’s illness has limited his ability to move forward with his career. Through it all, David never gave up and is actively working towards being a successful and professional music producer and an entrepreneur. David also mentors the youth and is the co-founder of a non for profit organization called Never Gonna Stop Community Center For The Arts.  

Alex Siriya

Alex Siriya immigrated from Zimbabwe at the age of 12, and soon realized the difference between cultures and how hard it was to fit in. Thanks to music and sports which made it easy for him to connect with new people and express himself. Having to keep moving from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, he soon realized that there were a lot more youths who were like him because of lack of mentorship and opportunities who would rather turn to other vices (most of the time illegal and detrimental). Now he is currently one of the leaders in NGS who work directly with the youth from different backgrounds and face different barriers. 

Sabrina Craig is Director at Vaccine Hunters Canada, that is to say that she spends most of her time figuring out ways to connect with people to get them vaccinated. She first joined Vaccine Hunters Canada when the account on twitter had 6k followers and has since specialized in building relationships with healthcare,  corporate orgs. and the communities they operate in to distribute vaccines. By day, Sabrina works as a Technical Analyst in Capital Markets on Bay Street. Sabrina’s interest is to gather insights and make connections to make systems work better and help people. 

Shelan Emre is a Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Achiever from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is currently a University student at the Asper School of Business studying Social Entrepreneurship and has plans to continue making change after graduation. As a community member Shelan volunteers with various organizations and has created multiple passion projects including new comer care packages, inner-city youth sleepovers and food hampers. Shelan is excited to encourage and guide young people to develop their passion and make change in their community.  

Hannah Jackson

Hannah Jackson is a photographer and P2P alumni. During the heart of the Covid-19 pandemic in Nova Scotia, she was awarded another grant through the Duke Den’s Scale-Up grants that were used to create self-care and mental health wellness kits for the youth in my community. Hannah went to school for Nonprofit management, and during my time there, she was able to develop and test out even more of her ideas through a co-op. Hannah has done a few workshops and has created and offered phototherapy. She now plan to continue to grow her project into a sustainable organization that will serve her community.

Jeevana Rajkumar

Jeevana is the current Senior Regional Manager for Inclusion at the Award Canada. Coming from an immigrant family that fled civil unrest, she understands how lived experiences, socioeconomic privilege and access to platforms can heavily influence the way young people interact with their environment. Believing firmly that no single approach is right for every young person, she works with each grantee to support their application through the various bursary programs. Her background in grants administration and youth support roles guide her relationship with each young person that she works with. Her goal is to support these changemakers through their project journeys, in ways that best fit their needs. 

Amy Skinner

Amy Skinner is a fourth year social studies education student at the University of Calgary who has always been passionate about working with children and investing in her community. For the past two years Amy has created Summer Camp In A Box for Camp Kindle which supports families impacted by pediatric cancer in Southern Alberta. These packages were created with the families in mind knowing that they attend Camp Kindle as a safe break from treatments. Amy currently works at Journey Church in Calgary as the Children’s Ministry Director where she can apply her learning and invest her time further into her community in various facets. She is an alumni of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, earning her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. 

Sandra Corelli is Founder & CEO of Humanicity Consulting Group. Over her career she has discovered the key elements that go into creating healthier, more inclusive, and innovative workplaces, that drive high-performance and leading engagement. This inspired her mission to redefine leadership by building human-centric cultures where both businesses and

people can thrive. She is passionate about empowering people to be more intentional about how they work, lead and live, leading to a positive impact within themselves, their company, and their workplace culture.

 

Sandra believes that connection is at the heart of leadership – when you are clear about your purpose, you can lead with intention, nurture inclusion, and create lasting impact. She is a keynote speaker, consultant, facilitator, mediator and coach. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, building cultures of inclusion, confidence building and mindset coaching, emotional intelligence, well-being in the workplace through burnout prevention and building collective resilience, and strategies and programs to accelerate the advancement of women. She currently serves on the National Board of Directors for The Duke of Edinburgh International Award as HR Director-at-Large in support of developing leadership life skills in youth.

Jeph Maystruck

Jeph has an utter disregard for the status quo. He gives keynotes regularly on marketing and social media, hands out lottery tickets daily, and runs a marketing company out of Regina called Strategy Lab. Outside of “work” Jeph co-founded Big Idea Camp, co-founded The Honest Conference, and has taught Marketing at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina. Jeph has published over 100 songs on Soundcloud (so he’s technically a DJ) but his greatest achievement in life so far has been fatherhood – he currently has a 2 year old and a 1 month old. 

Troy Herman is an energetic, dynamic, and driven leader who continually inspires his colleagues to push the boundaries of excellence and achieve project success. The experience of a positive team is important to Troy and he is known for his relational leadership qualities. From an earlier consideration of sports and radio broadcasting, Troy’s post-secondary pursuits in broadcasting communications led him in a different direction with his career, yet his passions for communication remained. His work has included Telus, CP Rail, and WestJet where he led several national and capital projects. His legacy project is WestJet Link, a joint venture undertaking between WestJet and Pacific Coastal airlines. Furthermore, Troy developed a mentorship program for Lean Six Sigma and Project Management for WestJet’s operational teams. Currently, Troy is the Project Director for the Duke of Edinburgh award – Canada. In addition to work, Troy enjoyed volunteering in many youth-oriented endeavors to support his son and other youth in having positive mentors, recreational opportunities, and developing leadership skills. When time permits, you will also find Troy with a paintbrush in hand working on a canvas.

Taha Habib

Taharima has been working at Apathy is Boring for more than 2 years as Communications Coordinator, and is now the Youth Friendly Program’s (YF) Lead. Before joining AisB, Taha served as President of the Board of Directors for Rock Camp Montreal for 2 years, and community center coordinator in NDG. Youth engagement, and the accessibility of participating in every and any level of democratic processes, in decision making and in any community leadership spaces, are very near and dear to Taharima. She now works closely with Canadian partners to support them in working towards AisB’s vision of young change-makers actively engaged at every level of democracy through their own organization’s work. 

Since the age of 15, Quanah Traviss has dedicated his time to lifting the voice of Indigenous students within the Kingston area, and although he’s just finished a victory lap in high school, he has no plans to stop any time soon. Quanah was the first Limestone District School Board Indigenous Student Trustee which helped him learn about leadership at a higher level, while enabling him to better himself as both a person, and a member of his community.   

 

From a family of Indigenous changemakers and leaders, Quanah’s Mohawk roots and teachings have guided him on how to stand tall and proud of himself, his family and ancestors.  With a diverse friend group, Quanah has seen and experienced firsthand what strong allyship looks like, while being Indigenous, he has seen where it fails in people and systems.   

 

Starting at the University of Ottawa this fall, 18-year-old Quanah’s love for learning about different languages and cultures from around the world is reflected by his plan to study Linguistics and Music, as well as his dream of someday becoming a teacher.  This summer Quanah became part of the Three Things Consulting team and is supporting various projects and activities.   

Dan Gibson was born and raised out of Cambridge Ont. and is currently the Manager of RBC University of Guelph, OnCampus location. He has been with RBC for over 10 years, and has experienced a number of different roles within retail banking, eventually finding his interest in leadership with a focus on a community collaboration mindset. 

 

 Dan originally went to school to be a Fire Fighter but changed his career path as his family circumstance changed with the delivery of his first child. He is now a parent to 5 kids which includes triplets and he loves spending time with family and looking for adventure. 

 

By nature Dan is a “professional fun haver” and has a huge passion for helping others and making a positive impact within his community. He is an avid movie goer, blood donor and loves volunteering.

 

Additionally, some of his hobbies are photography, videography and social media content creation. Outside of Dan’s professional work, he runs a social network that focuses on his family and the experience of raising multiple children.  

Pytor Hodgson is the CEO of Three Things Consulting and been active since he was a teenager in a series of unorthodox and amazing projects.  Though his work has kept him busy over the past 25 + years and let him visit every province and territory multiple times – he continues to be of service to his relations and his communit(ties) regularly.  Whether he is offering his time and insights to a volunteer board of directors, dropping of meals to Elders during the pandemic or supporting someone on their path to sobriety, Pytor understand that services saves.  Not necessarily who is supporting, but himself and his spirt.   

 

Pytor has known 20 year old Jack Toner, since he was still in single digits, age wise, and has proudly watched as he became involved in community service at he was 12 years old.  His introduction was with helping shape and lead Y2K: Youth to Kingston Youth Strategy, which was adopted by the City of Kingston and 40 youth organizations, and he continues today giving back.   Now living in Toronto and working for a national youth servicing agency, at 20 years old, Jack still is committed to sharing. and working diligently to be a strong ally to others.   Jack and Pytor will share some of their shared experiences in being of service to others, while highlighting their own experiences.   

 

Conversational in nature, grab a tea and join Jack and Pytor for a discussion on why service matters, like really matters, not just to them: but all of us.  

 

Jennie is currently Branch Manager at RBC Kanata area, and joined RBC in 2014 as a Part time Client advisor. Throughout her last 7 year journey with RBC she has done various client centric roles including Account manager , senior Account manager and Assistant branch manager. She has completed her bachelor degree from the University of Saint John New Brunswick in 2016. Some fun facts about Jennie are that she loves getting out in nature and going for long drives, her favourite store is H&M, and she has an unhealthy obsession with the TV show Friends. 

 

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Canada Service Corps

Canada Service Corps is a federal program that is being developed by youth, for youth. The program aims to support young Canadians to get involved in their community through service opportunities, while at the same time gaining valuable skills that will benefit them in life and work.

Connect With Us

Special Projects Application Forms

Special Projects Application Forms

Click the icons to check out our new dedicated application forms that are designed by project type. Each form will walk you through the specific details you need to submit for the type of project (care packages, community garden, etc) you are interested in doing.

Seasonal Care Packages

Funds can be used towards making care packages that are season specific for community members in need. You can request up to $2000 to put together seasonal care packages.

Community Murals

Funds can be used towards creating a mural in a community space, like your school or recreation centre. You can request up to $500 to make a community mural.

Food Hampers

These are care kits specifically to provide food and drink (non-alcoholic) items to individuals and families in need. You can request up to $2000 to put together food hampers.

COVID-19 Care Packages

Funds can be used towards making care packages that provide items to support safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as masks, gloves, sanitizer. You can request up to $2000 to put together COVID-19 care packages.

Creating Video Content

Video content projects include making short films, recorded video workshops, music videos, amongst other possibilities. Your video content should focus on a community issue, either to raise awareness or discuss solutions. You can request up to $2000 to create video content.

Creating Printed Content & Resources

Printed content projects include making and creating printed books, pamphlets, leaflets or other methods of printed information that will distributed to community members to raise awareness about a community issue. You can request up to $2000 to use towards creating printed content.

Community Clean Up

You can ask for funds to support purchasing cleaning tools equipment for you and your team to clean up a community space. You can request up to $500 towards a community clean up.

Creating Online Resources & Content

Online resources include creating a website, blog, social media account or app to share information about a community issue. You can request up to $1500 towards creating online resources.

In Person Workshops

You can request funds to run a community workshop to discuss a community issue, skill development or a learning session. You can request up to $2000 for in person workshops.

Online Workshops

You can request funds to run a community workshop to discuss a community issue, skill development or a learning session that will be delivered online. You can request up to $1500 for online workshops.

Care Packages

Funds can be used towards making care packages that are for community members in need. You can request up to $2000 to put together care packages.

Community Garden

Community gardens can be build on public access land (with the appropriate permissions) where members of the community can come together to plan, grow and harvest produce. You can request up to $1000 for a community garden.

Need some inspiration?
See how young people are creating impact across Canada!

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Bailey Francis: Donates supplies and care-packages during the pandemic

Bailey Francis donates supplies and care-packages during the pandemic in her community

How many hours did you spend on this initiative?

160- this is an estimate. 20 weeks @ 8/hrs per week.

What was the goal of your project? Do you feel you achieved what you set out to do?

The end goal of my project was to donate supplies to those who have been affected by COVID-19. I do feel like I achieved what I set out to do.

How many people were directly impacted by your project? What was their response to your initiative?

It’s hard to estimate how many people exactly were impacted by this project. I had different versions of care packages to four different organizations that work with populations that have been strained by the pandemic. I would estimate that between 100-150 people were directly impacted by this.

How did the community receive your project?

I received positive feedback from every organization I interacted with. Many were incredibly grateful to be receiving donations during this time.

What did you learn as you planned your project? Were there any changes you did not plan for? How did you adapt to these changes?

My entire project changed with the onset of COVID-19. The project I pitched at Passion to Purpose was not the project I ended up doing. I adapted to the changes as best as I could given the situation.

What went well with your project?

All donations were really successful and really well received by the organizations I worked with.

If you could do things differently, what would you do? What were the opportunities for learning you experienced?

The first set of care packages I did were really difficult to store in the place I’m living in and also were a bit difficult to deliver. I adjusted this after that set, but if I were to do the project again it is something I would consider right away. The biggest learning experience for me was managing a $15,000 grant while also being in school and having a part time job. It was definitely a large undertaking.

Do you have any suggestion or advice you would like us to share with other youth who are accessing the grant program?

Nothing is coming to mind at the moment, but if I think of something I will reach out! I would be more than happy to discuss my experience with youth applying for the grant program in the future!

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Bailey Francis, Award Participant and Passion to Purpose Grantee 

 

This is Bailey’s second project. Read about her first project here

Feeling inspired? Apply for your
Passion to Purpose Community Grant today!

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Carissa Konesky: Online workshops for young women during COVID-19

Carissa Konesky organizes online workshops for young girls during COVID-19

How many people worked with you on your project?

I had about 6 people working with me on this project including myself, our two speakers, and those who helped me advertise the program.

How many hours did you spend on this initiative?

I spent at least 10 hours per month planning activities, scheduling and attending meetings, and delivering hot lunches to hospitals.

What was the goal of your project? Do you feel you achieved what you set out to do?

I was lucky to attend the Passion to Purpose Bootcamp in March. At this event I had the opportunity to hear about several successful projects, and this inspired me to lead my own. I came home planning to organize a day of self-esteem workshops for 40 youth. A few weeks after, everything locked down for COVID, and I decided to put my project on hold. During lockdown I began noticing that youth needed the topics that I wanted to focus on, such as resilience and setting boundaries, more than ever. I decided to contact an organization that I had worked with extensively before, ShEvalesco, and they were happy to organize workshops for the girls. Alison from ShEvalesco and I put together 4 weeks of workshops around topics such as resilience, assertive communication and mindfulness. The goal of my project was to help youth feel more comfortable around these topics, as well as create a community where they could connect with others during the pandemic. We divided the youth into two groups, a 12-15 age group and a 16-18 age group. These are all topics that I feel are so important for youth to learn, and that I wish I was able to learn when I was in high school. All youth who completed all four workshops were given a certificate of completion, a crest and a workbook to continue learning about the topics we had covered.

At the end of the workshop we sent out a feedback form and received so many wonderful comments that showed me that I really did achieve what I set out to do. Here are some examples:

“This program has helped me feel more confident and resilient in many ways. I think that through the learning of each workshop I learned things that can be used in multiple scenarios. I think that things like learning about failure, boundary setting and being assertive are great skills to have because they allow you to communicate clearly with others and allow you to not be so hard on yourself. The self care workshop is also really helpful going forward to remember to take time for yourself.”

“Using the skills I have learned, such as being told that it’s okay to fail and make mistakes, and that we will not be good at something the first time we try it, it made me confident to take my test next week.”

“These workshops have given me more confidence because I now feel as though I’m not the only one who struggles with these common problems. I also enjoyed learning new skills that I can use in my everyday life.”

How many people were directly impacted by your project? What was their response to your initiative?

There was a better response to this project than I could have ever imagined. I did not have to advertise the workshops very much before they filled up. I simply posted them in a few youth program Facebook groups, and we immediately received many sign-ups. We were aiming to have 40 youth take part in each group, and we ended up having over 90 youth participate. All of the participants were very engaged throughout the whole program. Many of them mentioned how they liked that they had the opportunity to talk with other youth each week. It helped to form a small community.

 

Here are some other quotes from the participants about what they enjoyed:

 

“I am more resilient as I have acquired valuable skills from the workshops. Going forward I intend on using this knowledge and skills to better improve myself as a human both mentally and emotionally.”

 

“I learned a lot from the assertive communication workshop. I didn’t know the benefits of being assertive, and when I tried some of the strategies discussed in the workshop with others, I felt a lot more confident. My opinion of how others see me has become a lot more positive. The setting boundaries workshop was helpful as well; learning that setting boundaries is a kind and beneficial thing to do for everyone really helped me to say no to people when I need to.”

 

“The program has helped with my confidence and it helps me with standing up and talking to people that I normally don’t like talking to.”

How did the community receive your project?

One of the coolest parts of offering the workshops virtually was that we were able to have youth from all over Canada engaged, including youth in very small towns. Some of the youth would not have had the opportunity to participate otherwise, so the fact that these workshops were virtual ended up being a very positive thing.

One of the best parts of the project was receiving the feedback and having the girls let me know how much the workshop impacted them. I also received several emails from parents that let me know how impressed they were with the content. I truly believe that these are topics that youth want and need to learn more about.

Here were some of the things that the youth mentioned they enjoyed:

“My favourite part of the workshops was the real life examples and scenarios. I thought that applying the skills we talked about to plausible situations that are similar to ones I will probably encounter really helped to increase my confidence, and helped me to remember what we learned.”

“I liked when we broke off into small groups and we talked to other girls. I liked it because I felt like other girls could relate to relate to what I was feeling and going through. It made me feel better.”

“I personally enjoyed the Self care workshop as I have recently observed that I need a little more compassion and love towards myself. The workshop really helped me acquire more knowledge on the steps towards ultimate self love and care.”

What did you learn as you planned your project? Were there any changes you did not plan for? How did you adapt to these changes?

I learned so much about the topics that youth are interested in learning about. I am hoping to run more programs around similar topics, as well as different topics. Youth have indicated to me that they are very interested in learning about things such as money management and mental health, so I will be looking for more ways to offer similar programming. This experience has shown me how impactful virtual programming can truly be.

Once we began planning the program, we really did not need to make many changes. The program ran very smoothly.

What went well with your project?

I feel that most of this project went very well and ran very smoothly. The fact that we were able to engage so many youth from across Canada, and teach them different skills that were useful, made this a successful project. It was especially meaningful to be able to connect with youth in different parts of the country. Reading the feedback let me know that this was a project that was very successful. The fact that I was able to organize a program where youth were able to learn more assertive and communication skills, and where they were able to create a country-wide community during a global pandemic, was just awesome.

If you could do things differently, what would you do? What were the opportunities for learning you experienced?

When I originally planned the workshops, I did not think that we would have interested youth from all over Canada. I thought that most of the participants would be from British Columbia, so we planned the sessions to be on Monday evenings. The 12-18 group was from 6:45 to 7:45. It ended up being quite late for many of our participants in more Eastern time zones. We still had a lot of participants from these time zones, but we could have had even more if we had picked a time that would work for participants across Canada. If I run these workshops again, I would most likely host them on a weekend so that we could find a time that works for everybody.

I am looking forward to organizing more engaging opportunities for youth. This opportunity has helped me learn how to make virtual events more engaging. Things such as break out rooms, asking questions in the chat and giving you scenarios to work on helped keep the youth engaged for the entire time. I will use these strategies going forward in the future. I also learned it’s important to give youth an incentive to keep them engaged. Having the certificate of completion, workbook and crests offered at the end to those who completed the program further encouraged them to attend each session.

Do you have any suggestion or advice you would like us to share with other youth who are accessing the grant program?

Do not be afraid to take on new initiatives, even during the pandemic! There are so many cool virtual opportunities that can be done now. People want to be involved and engaged more now than ever. Do not be afraid to reach out to other organizations for help too! I had an amazing experience working with ShEvalesco and learned so much about hosting virtual events from Alison. There are many other organizations who are open to helping to offer similar experiences! It is such a good opportunity to learn new skills, develop your confidence and make a difference. Go for it!

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Carissa Konesky, Award Participant and Passion to Purpose Grantee 

Do not be afraid to take on new initiatives, even during the pandemic! There are so many cool virtual opportunities that can be done now. People want to be involved and engaged more now than ever. Do not be afraid to reach out to other organizations for help too!

Carissa Konesky

Feeling inspired? Apply for your
Passion to Purpose Community Grant today!

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Cadence Loiselle-Shire: Reusable masks for her community

Cadence Loiselle-Shire makes reusable cloth masks for her community

What was your project about?

We work primary with three organization (1justcity, Siloam Mission and Agape Table) making reusable cloth masks. The impact of the project was to provide protection to individuals in need during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The masks were also able to be used by staff at organizations to allow them to continue to provide services.

How did you recruit and involved your peers in the project?

I was the only main person working one this project the only other help I had was from my mother Cassandra Loiselle-Walker. My mom also used her FaceBook and Instagram to make people aware that I was sewing masks with my mom and that for every mask my mom donated she was also donating a mask for my project. a. Because of COVID there was no one event. I egnaged people through my social media platform and the non-profit organizations. During the final push to complete the masks for my project, I did recruit my grandmother to help with the pinning and pressing, allowing me to work with the three generations of women in my family, even using my great-mothers sewing machine from the 1970s to help complete the project.

Who did your project engage and what impacts did you and your team achieve?

The target audience we had was low income people get access to reusable masks. We did what we set out to achieve we donate/worked with non-profit organization to help low income people have excuse to reusable masks that we made.

What was your biggest success achieved through your project?

Knowing that I had the will power to make 180 masks and putting that in to prospective each mask can take up to 30-45 minutes per mask also, learning how to film videos and edit them.This will help me in future endeavours, including maybe looking at a bigger project through Passion to Purpose with my Cadet corps.

What lessons learned through your project.? If you were to start your project today, would you do anything differently?

If I were to start my project today, I would put more emphasis on marketing. Due to the sudden switch to a remote competition, most of the marketing for the original event could no longer be used. With the change of plans and environment, we had limited time to do a wide variety of tasks. While it was difficult to attract a large number of participants in a small amount of time, our marketing team did a fantastic job of attracting a fair number of participants in the end. Through this event, I learned the importance of having a good communication system where the roles of members could be clearly defined. With better communication, not only would the sudden transition from in-person to remote work be much smoother and more efficient, but it would also make marketing the event much easier.

What did you learn as you planned your project? Were there any changes you did not plan for? How did you adapt to these changes?

As I planned my project, I further developed my communication and organizational skills. I needed to coordinate with both my peers – many of whom I had not known beforehand – and other groups such as the staff at the heal care facility. One of the changes that I did not plan for was the busy schedule of hospitals. The initial hospital I contacted was not available on the set date, so I had to adapt to this situation by contacting other care centres and hospitals.

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Cadence Loiselle-Shire, Award Participant and Passion to Purpose Grantee 

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Michelle Liu: Ready-made meals for healthcare workers

Michelle Liu provides ready-made meals for healthcare workers

How many people worked with you on your project?

We have approximately 5 to 6 team leaders from different schools across British Columbia. Each team consists of three or four members, and their duties include organizing events in each school. Together, we are able to support healthcare workers through monthly lunch deliveries.

How many hours did you spend on this initiative?

I spent at least 10 hours per month planning activities, scheduling and attending meetings, and delivering hot lunches to hospitals.

What was the goal of your project? Do you feel you achieved what you set out to do?

This project was intended to provide a support service for local health care workers. The healthcare industry has been focused upon dealing with COVID-19, and they have continued to operate despite interruptions to other ancillary services. Inspired by their professionalism and dedication to their work,  I feel that I have achieved my goal through delivering hot lunches, the healthcare workers have recognized that they are not fighting the virus alone. 

How many people were directly impacted by your project? What was their response to your initiative?

The snacks and lunches were received by a care centre of almost 100 healthcare workers. Upon receiving our delivery, the healthcare workers were delighted, commenting to us that “we need more young people like this”. Across the lower mainland of British Columbia, high school students from Crofton House School, Collingwood School, Rockridge Secondary, Point Grey Secondary, and Moscrop Secondary directly worked with me and developed their leadership and communication skills through participating in the initiative. As our social media platform and official website (mercicharity.com) continue to grow, the number of people impacted by my project continues to increase.

How did the community receive your project?

The food drive was directly delivered to hospitals and healthcare centres. The health care workers were grateful for the hot lunches, and expressed the desire to see similar initiatives from local youth in the future.

What did you learn as you planned your project? Were there any changes you did not plan for? How did you adapt to these changes?

As I planned my project, I further developed my communication and organizational skills. I needed to coordinate with both my peers – many of whom I had not known beforehand – and other groups such as the staff at the heal care facility. One of the changes that I did not plan for was the busy schedule of hospitals. The initial hospital I contacted was not available on the set date, so I had to adapt to this situation by contacting other care centres and hospitals.

What went well with your project?

I successfully achieved my goal of showing the healthcare workers our appreciation while providing a useful and valuable service, especially in light of similar services being restricted due to pandemic regulations. In addition, I was able to indirectly spread awareness in my community of the need to support local healthcare workers.

If you could do things differently, what would you do? What were the opportunities for learning you experienced?

My project overall went very smoothly. If I were to improve my initiative, it would be further communicating with the hospitals to see if they have other needs such as medical equipment or supplies that we might acquire.

Do you have any suggestion or advice you would like us to share with other youth who are accessing the grant program?

My project overall went very smoothly. If I were to improve my initiative, it would be further communicating with the hospitals to see if they have other needs such as medical equipment or supplies that we might conduct fundraisers to acquire. Good luck!

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Michelle Liu, Passion to Purpose Grantee 

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12 Days of Community Care

#PassiontoPurpose gifts you

12 Days of Community Care

Are you looking for ways to support your community during this holiday season? Apply for a #PassionToPurpose Community Service Grant to start creating change in your communities!

#PassiontoPurpose gifts you

12 Days of Community Care

Are you looking for ways to support your community during this holiday season? Apply for a #PassionToPurpose Community Service Grant to start creating change in your communities!

Our 12 Days of Community Care initiative helps to map out project ideas to get you started. Did you know that just from the start of the pandemic, the Award has given out over $200,000 in grants to young people who are taking charge of community action and change? Young people just like you who saw the need to shake things up in their communities as we faced the hardships of COVID-19. Now it’s your turn. 

 

This opportunity is open to all young people from 14 to 30 years old. We offer grants of up to $2000 to help you give the holidays a little more cheer in your communities. 

 

Apply now to make your impact for the holidays! 

Project Idea 1

Holiday Care Packages

Holidays under quarantine can be difficult for many families, especially for those who may not have homes or be in familiar surroundings. Give back this season by gathering your close friends to help put together care packages for those who are in vulnerable spaces. You can request up to $2000 from #PassionToPurpose to purchase items that can bring cheer to those families or community member. 

Project Idea 2

Winter Wellness Mental Health Workshops

Being in lockdown has the potential for many negatives – one of which are consequences on our mental health. A lot of people may not be aware of the resources available to them or where to access the right information for their needs. You and a team of your peers can organize an online workshop for targeted community members to help them learn more about coping in the winter while in lockdown. You can request up to $1000 from #PassionToPurpose to set up a virtual mental health workshop or create mental health resources. 

Project Idea 3

Pay It Forward Meal Program

With the second lockdown, and the wave of unease during this pandemic, many people are not able to afford warm meals or healthy options for food. Food poverty is a very real thing and unfortunately affects everyone from school aged children to seniors. You can request up to $2000 from #PassionToPurpose to purchase premade meals or meal kits that can bring fullness to families or community members. While supporting the less fortunate, you are also supporting your local businesses.  

Project Idea 4

Mask Making Workshop

Waste and sustainability are always important to think about when going out to buy safety items. However, this might not be an option for those who do not have the funds to purchase reusable masks or other PPE. You can request up to $500 from #PassionToPurpose to purchase materials needed to handmake masks or face shields. 

Project Idea 5

Winter Care Packages

This winter may be our coldest yet but unfortunately some people will not be as equipped to handle the drop in temperatures. A great way to help is to put together winter care hampers that can be handed out to homeless individuals or low income who may not have the funds to keep themselves warm this winter. You can request up to $2000 from #PassionToPurpose to purchase items that can bring warmth to those families or community member. 

Project Idea 6

Winter Community Clean Up

Wet roads, fallen trees and broken branches are a sign that winter is coming. Cleans ups are just as important in the colder months as they are doing the summer. Gather a group of friends and do sidewalk clean ups or help elderly families in your community by shoveling their driveways, parks, community green spaces and walking trails could all use your help keeping clean this seasonYou can request up to $500 from #PassionToPurpose to do a community clean up. 

Project Idea 7

Spread the love – Groceries and Care Delivery

Concerts are a big part of the holiday but during lockdown, in person gatherings won’t work. The alternative? Take it online! Collaborate with your peers to put together a holiday concert that community members can take part in virtually from the comfort of their homes. You can request up to $1000 from #PassionToPurpose to set up a virtual holiday concert. 

Project Idea 8

Holiday Cheer Hampers

An unfortunate reality of the pandemic is that many people receiving long term health care in hospitals or other care facilities may not be able to see loved ones or family members during the holidays. Feelings of isolation and loneliness can be very difficult to handle during the colder seasons. You can request up to $2000 from #PassionToPurpose to purchase materials needed to put together the holiday hampers to deliver some cheer in a package.

Project Idea 9

Keeping Connected – Big Buddy Program

Having to stay indoors during the winter can be hard for anyone and especially for young children who may not understand the importance of staying home. You and your friends can start an online buddy program where older youth can partner with younger school age children to do online activities together, read online, play games or just talk. Mentorship is important and you can be the guiding voice for young impressionable minds. You can request up to $1000 from #PassionToPurpose to run an online buddy program. 

Project Idea 10

Virtual Pen Pal Program for Seniors

During the pandemic, community elders who live in care facilities may not be able to see their families or spend time with loved ones. Pen pal programs are a great way to get people connected and forge new friendships. To be safe during the pandemic – take it virtual! Set up virtual meetings between seniors who live in different parts of the city (or country) so they can talk to one another. They can play virtual games together, run a virtual reading club, have a coffee date or go online to watch a movie! You can request up to $1000 from #PassionToPurpose to set up a virtual pen pal program for seniors.

Project Idea 11

Front Line Workers Appreciations

All our front-line staff are going to be working extra hard during the holidays. They deserve all the appreciation they can get from their community members to recognize them for the risks they take working to serve the public during the pandemic. You can request up to $2000 from #PassionToPurpose to purchase meals or items for thank you packages for health care workers or other frontline workers.  

Project Idea 12

Online Holiday Community Concerts

Concerts are a big part of the holiday but during lockdown, in person gatherings won’t work. The alternative? Take it online! Collaborate with your peers to put together a holiday concert that community members can take part in virtually from the comfort of their homes. You can request up to $1000 from #PassionToPurpose to set up a virtual holiday concert.

What to keep in mind during COVID-19? Talk to the community members who may be receiving the packages to understand their needs; work with shelters to identify what supplies may be short; maintain social distancing when delivering your project; always wear masks; arrange curb side pick-up or no contact delivery where possible; sanitize all your workstations before putting together the care packages.

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P2P Virtual – November Recap 2020

Passion to Purpose Virtual

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Post-Event Resources

Grant Resources

Community Action Guide

Download a digital copy of the workbook.

Grant Applications

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Apply for your grant today!

Grant Requirements

Learn about eligibility, requirements, and read about project examples.

Grant Talk Presentation

Review and take pointers from the from the Grant Talk presentation!

Mentorship calls

Schedule a mentorship call with the us!

P2P to Gold

Requirements how to turn your Passion to Purpose Project into your Gold Project

Project Templates

See complete list of Project Templates that you can easily follow to create a project and implement in your community!

FAQs

You have questions, we have answers!

Successful Community Projects

Need inspiration? Read about what other youth are doing in their communities!

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Learn to plan your project effectively and efficiently!

Mentorship calls

Schedule a mentorship call with the us!

P2P to Gold

Requirements how to turn your Passion to Purpose Project into your Gold Project

Speakers

Sarah Wells

Olympian and Founder of Believe Initiative

Obstacles don’t scare Sarah Wells. As a 400m hurdler, this Olympian’s reputation was forged through overcoming challenges and achieving the incredible. Take her debut at the London Olympics in 2012, which came despite an injury that had sidelined her for months just the year before. Outside of competitive sports, this athlete is coaching people to pursue their goals through the Believe Initiative, an organization founded on—fittingly—a message of resilience. Most recently you would have seen Sarah pushing her limits on the latest season of the Amazing Race Canada, where she got to push her boundaries in a whole new kind of way! Evidently someone who understands the importance of self-belief and the power of purpose, you’ll want to listen-up when this Olympic semi-finalist and Pan Am Games silver medallist takes the virtual stage. 

Jeevana Rajkumar

Grant manager, Passion to purpose

Jeevana Rajkumar is the current Grants Manager for the Award’s Passion To Purpose Community Service Grant Program. Coming from a immigrant family that fled from civil unrest, she understands how lived experiences, socioeconomic privilege and access to platforms can heavily influence the way young people interact with their environment. Believing firmly that no single approach is right for every young person, she works with each application to support their application through the process. Her background in grants administration and youth support roles guide her relationship with each young person that she works with. Her goal is to support each young person through their change journeys, in ways that best fit their needs.

 

Jeevana earned degrees in psychology and human resources, focusing on social interaction and social justice.

Elora Watson

mindyourmind.ca

Elora Watson is a recent Bachelor of Social Work graduate from King’s University College at Western University. She is currently the Be Safe Coordinator for mindyourmind, a youth mental health program situated in London, ON and online at mindyourmind.ca. Elora is passionate about mental health advocacy and her lived experience allows her to bring a unique perspective to the work mindyourmind does.

Partners

Canada Service Corps

Canada Service Corps is a federal program that is being developed by youth, for youth. The program aims to support young Canadians to get involved in their community through service opportunities, while at the same time gaining valuable skills that will benefit them in life and work.

Got questions?

Email: p2p@dukeofed.org
@dukeofedcanada
Email: p2p@dukeofed.org
@dukeofedcanada

Good luck with everyone!

Thank you for taking your time to join us today! Hope everyone was inspired to go out in their communities and start the change!

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Passion to Purpose Community Grant today!

Virtual Handbook November 2020

Passion to Purpose Virtual

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Saturday, November 14, 2020, 12:00 PM EST

Virtual Handbook

What to expect

Develop your project

Mentorship and guidance towards developing your Passion to Purpose Community Service Project.

Insightful Guests

Be inspired and feel renewed by our speakers who will talk about resiliency and taking care of your mental health in the new normal.

Collaborate across Canada

Breakout sessions will let you meet and network with like-minded individuals from all over the country!

Zoom

Make sure you have Zoom on your device, registration link and other downloadable files! See you online!

Zoom App

Zoom Registration Link

Zoom Backgrounds

Schedule

TIME

ACTIVITY

RESOURCES

11:30 AM

Registration begins

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Ice breaker / Meet group members

12:00 PM – 12:05 PM

Welcome

12:05 PM – 12:35 PM

Be Resilient
Sarah Wells, Olympian and Founder of Believe Initiative

12:35 PM – 1:00 PM

Grant Talk

Jeevana Rajkumar, Passion to Purpose Grant Manager

1:00 PM – 1:08 PM

P2P Success Story 

Shelan Emre

1:08 PM – 1:15 PM

Grant Workshop

Jeevana Rajkumar, Passion to Purpose Grant Manager

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Grant Workshop Breakout Session

2:00 PM – 2:10 PM

Break

2:10 PM – 2:25 PM

Group Presentation

2:25 PM – 2:40 PM

Grant Q&A

2:40 PM – 3:27 PM

Mental Health Workshop by mindyourmind

Elora Watson

3:27 PM – 3:30 PM

Wrap up

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

P2P to Gold Briefing (For Gold Participants who confirmed participation)

Speakers

Sarah Wells

Olympian and Founder of Believe Initiative

Obstacles don’t scare Sarah Wells. As a 400m hurdler, this Olympian’s reputation was forged through overcoming challenges and achieving the incredible. Take her debut at the London Olympics in 2012, which came despite an injury that had sidelined her for months just the year before. Outside of competitive sports, this athlete is coaching people to pursue their goals through the Believe Initiative, an organization founded on—fittingly—a message of resilience. Most recently you would have seen Sarah pushing her limits on the latest season of the Amazing Race Canada, where she got to push her boundaries in a whole new kind of way! Evidently someone who understands the importance of self-belief and the power of purpose, you’ll want to listen-up when this Olympic semi-finalist and Pan Am Games silver medallist takes the virtual stage. 

Jeevana Rajkumar

Grant manager, Passion to purpose

Jeevana Rajkumar is the current Grants Manager for the Award’s Passion To Purpose Community Service Grant Program. Coming from a immigrant family that fled from civil unrest, she understands how lived experiences, socioeconomic privilege and access to platforms can heavily influence the way young people interact with their environment. Believing firmly that no single approach is right for every young person, she works with each application to support their application through the process. Her background in grants administration and youth support roles guide her relationship with each young person that she works with. Her goal is to support each young person through their change journeys, in ways that best fit their needs.

 

Jeevana earned degrees in psychology and human resources, focusing on social interaction and social justice.

Elora Watson

MINDYOURMIND.CA

Elora Watson is a recent Bachelor of Social Work graduate from King’s University College at Western University. She is currently the Be Safe Coordinator for mindyourmind, a youth mental health program situated in London, ON and online at mindyourmind.ca. Elora is passionate about mental health advocacy and her lived experience allows her to bring a unique perspective to the work mindyourmind does.

Grant Resources

Community Action Guide

Download a digital copy of the workbook.

Grant Applications

Feeling inspired?
Apply for your grant today!

Grant Requirements

Learn about eligibility, requirements, and read about project examples.

Mentorship calls

Schedule a mentorship call with the us!

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Learn to plan your project effectively and efficiently!

P2P to Gold

Requirements how to turn your Passion to Purpose Project into your Gold Project

Partners

Canada Service Corps

Canada Service Corps is a federal program that is being developed by youth, for youth. The program aims to support young Canadians to get involved in their community through service opportunities, while at the same time gaining valuable skills that will benefit them in life and work.

Got questions?

Email: p2p@dukeofed.org
@dukeofedcanada
Email: p2p@dukeofed.org
@dukeofedcanada

Good luck with everyone!

Thank you for taking your time to join us today! Hope everyone was inspired to go out in their communities and start the change!

Feeling inspired? Apply for your
Passion to Purpose Community Grant today!

Shelan Emre: Care-packages for newcomer families

Shelan Emre provides care packages for newcomer families during COVID

What was the goal of your project?

After my project was adapted the goal was to provide summer essentials for 50 newcomer families in Winnipeg. I wanted to provide toys, games, snacks, toiletries, school supplies, and information about the city for newcomer families. I have accomplished my goal and I think by providing the families these baskets of goodies, they were able to explore the city and ease the financial stress that comes with having fun in the summer especially during this pandemic.

How many people were directly impacted by your project?

The response from my project has been overwhelmingly positive, not only from the families directly impacted but by my team and my families and friends. I made 50 baskets and provided them to 50 families. Those 50 families consisted of 98 adults and 205 youth.
All the families were gracious of the packages, but some showed it more than others. Roza was a 4-year-old girl and she was so excited to see the ABC Canada Book and couldn’t wait to learn how to read it! There was another family who received a rainbow loom kit and the 11-year old girl said, “thank you so much, I have always wanted a rainbow loom!”. Ali was a 6-year-old boy who was over the moon excited when he saw the giant colouring book and the plethora of Crayola supplies, he couldn’t wait to colour! Zachary was a 4-year-old boy who received a golf set and when he saw it he couldn’t help but immediately open it up and start playing! Seeing the excitement from the kids was so amazing and unlike anything, I had ever seen. Seeing the excitement the families showed was so rewarding, I could visually see myself making a difference in the community. These families have gone through so many struggles since being in a new country I was so glad I was able to provide them with these care packages.

How did the community receive your project?

My community has provided positive feedback and has shared my project on their website and there will be an article in the next newsletter, this is very exciting. I posted the project on my personal FaceBook and Instagram accounts and only got positive comments and messages about the impact I am making and encouragement to keep going on my path of making change.

What did you learn as you planned your project? Were there any changes you did not plan for?

I learned so much from this project. My original project was a full day event with newcomer youth and that was adapted due to the Coronavirus and the social distancing percasuions. Once I made my new plan of care packages for newcomer families, I had only minor hiccups. One of the hardest challenges I faced was regarding the shopping. Once I had my shopping lists ready with quantities and price-matches noted it and I went to the store most times I wasn’t able to purchase all the quantities I needed. I was able to get around this by ordering online, visiting multiple stores for the same items and returning to the same stores once they had more stock. Another challenge I faced was the language barrier, but I was able to overcome that by working with volunteers who spoke multiple languages as well as talking slowly. For safety reasons I didn’t want to delivery, the packages to the families by myself so I had to rely on others to come with me, coordinating times was a challenge that was easily overcome by first coordinating with the families followed by the volunteers.

What went well with your project?

I am so proud to say I learned so much about myself, my community and non-profit work from this project. I had so many successes and they have only motivated me more to continue making community impacts. My most successful accomplishment and moment from the project was delivering the baskets to the families and seeing the kids so excited and the parents so gracious!

If you could do things differently, what would you do?

Overall, I think my project was very successful and was executed smoothly. If I was to do this project again, I would have like to allow for more time to get to know the families on a personal level. I learned about the struggles specific families faced and the reasons they came to Canada, this was extremely sad in some cases and only makes me proud to be Canadian. I would have liked to hear from more families about their journey, and how they came to Canada. This was the biggest project I have been the lead for, and I continued to develop my skills as a delegator, leader and team member. I was able to use my problem solving skills during times of challenge.

Do you have any suggestion or advice you would like us to share with other youth who are accessing the grant program?

I am so proud of all the success and support the Award has provided and I am so grateful for the opportunity. My advice for anyone who is considering the grant would be to just go for it, although it can seem daunting and scary it is important to remember this is your passion and the impact that is made from the use of the grant is incredible. I would remind those who are accessing the grant program there is so much support all around you. For me, I had all my friends from the award as well as the staff who had amazing recommendations and were always there to help when I had questions. 


A struggle I faced during this project was finding myself comparing my project and my abilities to others. While I was happy and proud of the change my friends were making in their communities, sometimes I felt like I wasn’t doing enough. My recommendation to others starting projects would be to remember comparison is the thief of joy, we don’t need to compare ourselves to be happy for others or encourage others but rather be motivated by the success we are surrounded with. No change is too small, and our impacts are only going to get greater!

Shelan Emre, Award Participant, Passion to Purpose Scaleup Participant

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