Members of CBT’s Youth Advisory Committee adjudicate applications to the Columbia Basin Youth Grants program. Ten projects from around the Basin will receive support.

RSS students amongst youth grant recipients

Ten youth projects were successful in the recent intake of the Columbia Basin Youth Grants program. Offered by Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), the grants support youth-led projects that directly benefit Basin youth (ages 15 to 29) and involve youth in project development, planning and implementation.

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Ten youth projects were successful in the recent intake of the Columbia Basin Youth Grants program. Offered by Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), the grants support youth-led projects that directly benefit Basin youth (ages 15 to 29) and involve youth in project development, planning and implementation.

Locally, RSS students received 41,650 for a Consciousness in Consumer Society Workshop. Youth will learn about the influence of media and how it impacts their lives.

Ten youth projects were successful in the recent intake of the Columbia Basin Youth Grants program. Offered by Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), the grants support youth-led projects that directly benefit Basin youth (ages 15 to 29) and involve youth in project development, planning and implementation.

Other successful projects include:

* West Kootenay Youth Peace Summit ($485) (Robson Community School) – Youth will be informed about peace, leadership and team building.

* Thinking sustainably ($3,000) (School District #8, Kootenay Lake) – A three-day workshop on sustainable building and permaculture practices.

* Veggie Bus Project ($3,000), created by students from Self Design High, based in Nelson. The project involves converting a diesel fuelled school bus to a vegetable oil fuelled one. Students will travel and connect with other youth providing a space for conversation and creating an inspiring vehicle for learning.

* Respectful Relationships ($4,380) (Robson Valley Support Society), a project which will address violence in relationships by helping youth develop emotional intelligence around social justice issues.

* Gender Action Project Theatre ($14,370) (West Kootenay Women’s Association) – An interactive theatre presentation to help youth think of positive ways to improve issues in their lives and their communities.

* Youth Social Action Theatre ($8,330) (Creston and District Community Resource Centre Society) – Interactive plays about youth identified issues.

While the deadline for the next intake of Columbia Basin Youth Grants is in October 2011, it’s never too early to begin your application. Residents with project ideas are encouraged to start their applications by contacting Michelle d’Entremont, CBT’s Basin Youth Liaison at cbtyouth@cbt.org well before the deadline. The Liaison provides support to applicants throughout the process, including discussing project ideas, providing application assistance and giving grant writing workshops. For more information, visit www.scratchonline.ca/grants.