We Asked Our Scholarship Winners: How could schools assist young people in becoming active in their communities?

Since the 2000/2001 school year, Prime Mentor of Canada has awarded scholarships to the most outstanding students upon the completion of their PMC project. Over the years, we’ve checked in with scholarship winners at different stages of their education and careers. In this post, we share their answers to the question: How could schools assist young people in becoming active in their communities?

Glothen, 2006/2007 scholarship winner: Young people become active when they are enjoying what they are doing. So, in order for them to contribute to the community, I think we should get them occupied in various activities such as fundraisers, fairs, etc. Also, we can start up clubs in which they can try and get them active within their communities in a way that seems appealing to them (e.g. different sports clubs).

Samantha, 2001/2002 scholarship winner: Schools could help youth in becoming more active in their communities by announcing various events and activities that are available for participation. – Samantha participated in community events with her fellow classmates such as the Angel Foundation for Learning Fun Walk.

Jamuna, 2006/2007 scholarship winner: I think schools should focus less on the number of hours students need to volunteer but more so the impact the volunteering has had on the student. Quality of the time spent volunteering should be weighed more than the quantity. Inspire students to do more meaningful volunteering.

Priyanga, 2003/2004 scholarship winner: The most important aspect needed for schools to assist young people in becoming active in their communities is encouragement. Young people should become aware that they will have the support of their schools in whatever endeavours they take part in.

Glothen, 2006/2007 scholarship winner: Young people become active when they are enjoying what they are doing. So, in order for them to contribute to the community, I think we should get them occupied in various activities such as fundraisers, fairs, etc. Also, we can start up clubs in which they can try and get them active within their communities in a way that seems appealing to them (e.g. different sports clubs).

Nasif, 2006/2007 scholarship winner: Schools should have programmes that involve kids and the community. The community and the school can work together to create programmes that kids will be interested in and will also be food for the community. Programmes such as gardening in the community, cleaning the community, help plan community events and help around the community.


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