Upcoming workshop will provide youth with $250 gift card that can be given to charity of their choice

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WatchYouth and youth groups interested in learning new philanthropic skills and participating in the Coast Capital Savings Power of Youth: Giving Hearts Workshop.

Youth on Vancouver Island can make a difference this fall.

Youth and youth groups interested in learning new philanthropic skills and participating in the Coast Capital Savings Power of Youth: Giving Hearts Workshop.

The workshop is a “do-it-yourself philanthropy toolkit” designed to teach youth the skills needed to help people in their community ahead of National Philanthropy Day, which takes place on Nov. 15.

Interested youth need to sign up for the workshop toolkit by Oct. 1. Once enrolled in the workshops, youth have until Oct. 31 to complete all of the toolkit’s reading and video materials.

The final activity in the workshop tool kit ends up being a submission that results in youth receiving a $250 Canada Helps gift card, which they will then donate to the charity of their choice.

Charlene Smith, chair of the National Philanthropy Day, says because of COVID-19 they had to come up with something different and landed on the idea of an online toolkit.

“We are not able to meet in person this year, but we have tailored all of our materials online. So, it is a do-it-yourself philanthropy tool kit that youth can do as a group, that will help teach them about philanthropy, how it shows up in their life, and how they can give back to their community,” explains Smith.

The gift cards that will be given to youth who complete the workshop were made possible thanks to thanks to a generous contribution from the Victoria Foundation’s Andrew Beckerman Fund.

Smith says it is important that youth complete the workshop before the Halloween deadline.

“It’s important that youth sign up and they work through this tool kit during the month of October so that all of the funds we’ve been generously given from Andrew Beckerman get infused into the community and get given to charities all over Canada,” she says.

For more information visit www.ndpvictoria.com.

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