United Way Perth-Huron Awards two Youth Grants

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United Way PerthHuron has awarded two Youth Grants for 2016-2017.

The pur­pose of the youth grants is to as­sist young lead­ers in ad­dress­ing is­sues that are im­por­tant to them and their com­mu­nity. Projects must have a lead youth ap­pli­cant (age 14-25) and an adult trustee to as­sist in the stew­ard­ship of funds.

The Ac­tive Minds at South Huron, has a goal to erase the stigma against men­tal health con­stantly present at the South Huron Dis­trict High School. Men­tal Health had been rel­a­tively ig­nored un­til the death of a stu­dent from men­tal ill­ness last Septem­ber. The grant money of $ 900, awarded from United Way PerthHuron, will bring Men­tal Health Aware­ness speak­ers to the school and con­duct ac­tiv­i­ties and events to help break the stigma. Stu­dents and staff will also be taught proper men­tal health aware­ness, and healthy ways to main­tain men­tal health.

South Huron Nerd Nights, is a reg­u­lar event hosted by The Cul­tural Col­lec­tive. The col­lec­tive started in Jan­uary 2016 and has been hold­ing reg­u­lar events in a stu­dio space in Ex­eter, how­ever they would like to ex­pand to the nearby com­mu­nity of Huron Park. Nerd Night is an evening where youth and com­mu­nity mem­bers can play board games and so­cial­ize and have fun in a safe, pub­lic en­vi­ron­ment. The Nerd Night takes place ev­ery two weeks and is open to the pub­lic for free. Fund­ing of $ 1,000 from United Way Perth- Huron will be used to ex­pand the South Huron Ne rd Nights to Huron Park, and con­tinue to en­sure the event is free and ac­ces­si­ble to all.

United Way of PerthHuron helps Chil­dren and Youth reach their full po­ten­tial. Work­ing to­ward en­sur­ing that all chil­dren and youth ex­pe­ri­ence pos­i­tive men­tal health, well- be­ing and feel in­volved with a sense of be­long­ing in their com­mu­nity.

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