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Just for Kids! Community Grant Recipients

In our recent callout to the 5-17 year old residents for community projects and an opportunity to fund their ideas with $300, a range of impressive ideas came in from young leaders in the community.

Congratulations to the children and youth recipients of our first Just for Kids! Community Grant cycle! Watch for their fun projects take over the UBC and UNA communities this Spring:

Origami for Everyone | By Malhar, age 8

The project idea is to put up an Origami stall at the community centre. I will make several Origami bookmarks, animals, birds for the community members who can buy them and offer a voluntary donation in return. I plan to donate it to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) donation amount.


Pacific Spirit Youth Running Club | By Joy, Age 13

This project will encourage youth in the UNA to run together and stay healthy. We will run through the Pacific Spirit Park and the UBC beaches. After I joined my school's cross country and did many running activities in gym, and I felt physically stronger and healthier. I ran with my mom in the past month, so I was inspired to initiate this club for all the youth.


Forest Fairy House | By Penelope, Age 6

We will build a forest fairy house. Everyone will start by making a sketch of their house and then build it using materials like cardboard, shells, sticks, construction paper, and other found objects. 


Fun with M & M | By Maddie and Mica, Age 10

We will lead a fun two-hour workshop that we created to share our joy of arts & crafts and fun group games with the kids in our community. We are going to lead a group of kids to create an adorable jellyfish out of paper that they can hang on their wall as decoration. We will take a body break to play some games and have snack together (individually wrapped & nutfree).


Pre-teen Slam Poetry Night | By Angela, Age 16

This pre-teen slam poetry night brings pre-teens together to share their poems in a relaxed environment. Since slam poems are inspired by their poets' lived experiences, sharing their poems will allow participants to learn about other's identities and opinions. Especially as their schooling has been impacted by COVID-19, this will also be a fun night to socialize.