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Lower Mainland Indigenous youth receive Rogers grant

(Source: Marcella Bernardo)
Summary

Rogers has sponsored programs for Indigenous youth in Vancouver with $25,000 community grants

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – More than 20 programs helping Indigenous teens in the Vancouver area are now able to expand with support from Rogers.

Cheryl Robinson with the Urban Native Youth Association says the $25,000 community grant from NEWS 1130’s parent company has already been dedicated.

“Further certificate training opportunities, things like First Aid certificates, Food Safe certificates – maybe some traffic control training. We really want to build up our youth to be able to have more certificates under their belts, so they can gain employment,” she says.

She says part of their school support program – aimed at making sure teens graduate – includes cultural leadership training and some of this grant money will also be spent on transit vouchers.

“They can have fun. They can learn stuff about themselves. They can also do things like we have a health and wellness centre,” she says. “Really, when a young person walks in, we want them to be able to access a program that they want and it might blossom into other things that they access and also have their say in what programming comes about.”

Robinson, who says she’s spent the last 25 years working with teens, adds the best part of her job is watching them overcome barriers and achieve their dreams.

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The Ted Rogers Community Grants program is dedicated to providing up to 100 each year to organizations across Canada focused on unlocking learning and leadership opportunities for aspiring young leaders.

Rogers also helps young leaders through the Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund which has awarded more than 150 scholarships this year.

For more information on Urban Native Youth Association’s education and training programs, please visit this website.

For more information on the Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund, please visit: www.TedRogersFund.com