Shaw Communications Inc. is inviting youth across Canada to get creative and think of the ways they can help promote kindness and respect in their schools with the launch of the Shaw Kindness Sticks grant program.
From today until April 30, students can apply online for a chance to receive a grant of up to $5,000 to put towards an initiative that inspires positivity and inclusivity at their schools. To be eligible for grants, students must be returning to their current schools in September 2018.
“The best advocates of positivity and respect in schools are the students themselves,” said Chethan Lakshman, Vice President, External Affairs, Shaw Communications. “We’ve seen extraordinary examples of compassion from young leaders through the Shaw Respect Camps and Pink Shirt Promise, and we know more can be done. The Shaw Kindness Sticks grant aims to turn student-driven ideas that promote positivity into action.”
The Shaw Kindness Sticks grant program will provide a platform for youth to think creatively about the activities and initiatives that can have the potential to make a big difference in the lives of others.
Students who wish to apply are encouraged to work with their school and submit their ideas online at shaw.ca/KindnessSticks. Once recipients are selected, the grants will be awarded to each school to implement the submitted idea in partnership with the student.
All entries should suggest an activity or initiative that can empower students to come together and support one another through inclusivity and friendship. Whether it’s a buddy bench that encourages classmates to sit together and get to know each other, a community garden that is dedicated to friendship and respect, or a kindness carnival that brings games and activities that encourage teamwork and cooperation—students are invited to be creative and think outside the box in their ideas.
Once the submission period has closed, a panel of expert judges will review the applications and award 10 grants to the selected students and their schools. All Shaw Kindness Sticks grant recipients will be announced in September 2018, and finalist stories will be featured at shaw.ca/KindnessSticks.