Recently YCI launched their Global Action Grants for Canadian Youth aged 18-35 interested in creating innovative solutions to youth issues in development. Three $500 grants will be awarded to young people from across Canada to fund micro-projects that raise awareness about development issues at home (here) in Canada. To help with ideas, alumni who are members of our Youth Writers and Speakers program will be sharing what youth issue the feel strongly about and what they would do if they received a grant for their community. The first idea comes from Marta Kisiel, a Costa Rica volunteer in 2011.
With the cost of post-secondary tuition rising each year, Canadian students are burdened with increasingly high student debts. Many students face greater costs because they must live on campus during their studies, either because their parental home is not located near a post-secondary institution or because their program of interest is available only at particular schools. The first step to helping students to reduce their debt is by providing information to students in high school about searching for scholarships, finding work-study programs and financial planning. This is particularly critical for students who are the first generation in their families to attend college or university and who may not otherwise have access to this information.
Although several scholarships are available on-line, many students do not know where to start or even the scope of scholarships that are available beyond simply entrance scholarships. Likewise, high school students may not know where they can find information about work-study programs or other part-time jobs on campus prior to starting their undergraduate studies. Finally, for students living on their own for the first time managing their finances can prove to be a challenge.
By hosting workshops focused on these issues, we can equip students with the skills to minimize their debt before they even start their post-secondary education. Specific workshops, for example how to find scholarships or employment at a specific school, will help direct students to the right resources. Disseminating this type of information is a simple and inexpensive way we can help prepare high school students succeed in managing the cost of their studies.
That is what I would do with a $500 Global Action Grant.
To apply for our Global Action Grant, please send your application to Sarah Vickery. Applications are simple, just tell us what’s your issue and what are you going to do about it?