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YIP has been very busy for the past couple of months. On Friday, March 11th we visited a variety of non-profit organizations. After the visits, we met as a group to determine the highest needs and to make our final grant-making decisions. It was very tough because all of these organizations do truly amazing work that benefits our community. In the end, we decided on the following:
|Broadway Neighbourhood Centre Inc. |
(food for youth programming and events)
|Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport And Recreation Association Inc.|
(supplies/sporting equipment for northern communities)
|Sunshine House Inc.|
(food for program participants)
|SEED Winnipeg Inc.|
(to help pay for client IDs and birth certificates)
(binders, hormone-injection needles, and post-op kits for clients of the transgender clinic)
|Immigrant And Refugee Community Organization Of Manitoba Inc|
(an outing or field-trip for youth)
|Hospitality House Refugee Ministry Inc.|
(everyday needs/amenities for sponsored families)
|Family Dynamics Inc.|
(cultural and community programming for newcomer youth)
|Rainbow Resource Centre|
YIP in ACTION GRANT
On Saturday, March 19th, through an additional $900 grant from The Winnipeg Foundation, YIP put on a fun-filled day for approximately 50 newcomer children from the Immigrant Refugee Community Organisation of Manitoba (IRCOM). The purpose of this day was for IRCOM youth to be off-site so that their parents could participate in one of the organization's bi-annual community meetings, which in turn offers an important opportunity for parents to network with other members of the community and get the essential information they require to assist them with settlement and creating connections in Winnipeg. We began in our school gym and had activity centres such as face painting, bracelet making, colouring, soccer, and free play. We then had pizza, veggies, and ice cream for dessert, and then finished off the day at Sky Zone.
Below is an excerpt from a reflection submitted by Abby C., one of our Grade 9 members, that illustrates the impact of the day:
After lunch we took the kids from IRCOM to Sky Zone. We wanted it to be a special experience but I don't think we understood the impact it had on many of the kids. The minute we walked in to the Sky Zone building, there were kids bouncing off the walls. It was hard to contain everyone they were all so happy. They didn't slow down the entire hour we were there.
If it wasn't heart-warming enough so see how much they enjoyed the day, once it was over and the kids were loading onto the bus, a supervisor from IRCOM told us how much this experience meant to the kids. It was wonderful to know that someone who gave so much of their time to improve the lives of these children knew how much this day meant to them and that it could be something that they may not have again for a long time.
We are now looking forward to our year-end celebration evening on Thursday, May 19th. Here, we'll get to learn about what the other YIP groups in our city have been up to. We'll also get to meet up with some of our grant recipients and network with community leaders.
Overall we've had an amazing, rewarding year and a dedicated, multi-grade committee.
Consider joining YIP next year!