Students earn a little thanks
Speaking out and lending a helping hand around Prince Edward Island is paying off for some Island students - in fact, it’s paying $250 more.
Previously, the Community Service Bursary offered students $500 for volunteering their time in the final two years of high school.
Along with some Island students, the Youth Futures Council, a group of youth tasked with providing advice to the provincial government, thought it was time for a raise.
Although a $250 increase may seem like pennies to some tuition costs, any available funding provided to Island students is encouraging our youth to become more involved in their communities. After hearing student concerns about finances and affordability to continue their education on Prince Edward Island, the Youth Futures Council recommended that the government increase the bursary and expand the program to include Grade 10 students, which will encourage young people to get involved at an earlier age.
We owe our students a little bit of thanks for their time. While high school can be a whirlwind of organized chaos, it’s important that we recognize those students who still pause to help our communities, which will someday be theirs.