Students learn large lessons through philanthropic efforts

Balmoral Hall School’s Youth in Philanthropy committee.

Youth in Philanthropy is a club that I have been involved with for two years. During that time I have been an active member and leader, initially involved with the women’s group and now, this year, in the health group.

Over the last several months, I was fortunate to research different local organizations and was able to even visit one in the community (Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre). This allowed me to experience first-hand its contributions to the neighbourhood and how it has helped develop the area.

Several other members of YiP had this opportunity as well which broadened their involvement and understanding of Winnipeg’s community needs.

In addition to Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Balmoral Hall YiPpers made site visits to Siloam Mission, Winnipeg Art Gallery, House of Peace and Klinic.

Once the site visits were complete, we congregated and had thoughtful discussions on how we can make our city a better place, which also brought our YiP group closer together, allowing us to be more committed.

Thought provoking points were brought up and in the end we were all happy with our decision on how to divide the funds we would be granting to the charitable organizations.

This experience has taught us leadership skills as well as teamwork and compromise.

Overall, these past two years in YiP have been incredible; I have encountered new experiences, developed new relationships, learned about those in need in our community and overall have had a great time. It is an inclusive club that always encourages and welcomes students to embrace themselves and their passions!

Check out more Youth in Philanthropy stories on CNC at Young Winnipeggers Connect 2017.

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