I was contacted by a lovely high school student, Shahrzad, who wanted to know more about My First Wheels as part of the Youth and Philanthrophy Initiative.

YPI is an amazing high school classroom program that engages young people in causes they care about.  As part of a course, students choose one grassroots social service charity in their community and learn as much as they can about it through research and interviewing the charity contacts.  They then write and present a proposal to request funding for the charity. One proposal is selected from each school and the chosen charity receives a $5,000 grant from YPI.

I had the honour and privilege of attending the presentation at Drewry Secondary, a special needs school for students aged 14 to 21.  Shahrzad, Farah, Jeremy, Tyler presented their findings in front of a panel of judges, teachers, and the student body.

I was so moved to see how much work they put into the presentation.  When I arrived, they were all rehearsing and putting the final touches on the stage.  They created a poster for the display – coloured in by hand.  Even though the grant was awarded to another deserving charity, it was incredibly inspiring to see how much they cared about getting kids on bikes, and to see students working hard to contribute to their community.

Congratulations, guys, you were AWESOME.


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