Recognition and Celebration of

Youth Philanthropy in Kaslo and Area D

CFNKLS celebrates youth philanthropy

On November 15, 2018 seven local (Kaslo and Area D) youth celebrated youth philanthropy over pizza in a local restaurant. The youth, ages 12 – 18 were nominated for their involvement and volunteerism. Their activities include fundraising, helping home construction in Mexico, working with seniors, volunteering at the library and food hub, mentoring younger youth, helping at community functions, participating as board members, student trustees or youth liaison and work involving mental health.

The evening started, reflecting on the value of philanthropy when the youth shared their best moments while volunteering and continued with discussions as to what they found inspiring, meaningful and important. They then related those discussions to what they believed are needs in the area that may not be met. These young people discussed topics that were meaningful and passionate to them which included, arts and culture, mentoring initiatives, continuing education, generational bridges, youth involvement/empowerment/self confidence, reduction of poverty and fair distribution of resources, animal welfare, sports and mental health. They then decided how to distribute $500 to local charities including KAAPS (animal welfare), the Langham for youth mentorship in the arts, music or video and the Kaslo Food Hub.

The event, sponsored by the Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake Society (CFNKLS) and facilitated by Shannon Isaac, youth worker with Kaslo and Up the Lake Youth Network (KULYN) was enjoyed by all. The youth also provided suggestions for a few improvements and a hearty recommendation to make this an annual event.

Submitted by Joe Johnston