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Published on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

100 Teens Who Care make a difference

Next meeting Nov. 25 at Tim Hortons Oakville HQs

100 Teens Who Care make a difference
By Nolan Machan, Publisher, OakvilleNews.Org

A group of Oakville Teens are proving that teens can make difference in our community and have created a fundraising program called 100 Teens Who Care that supports local charities. The next meeting is November 25th at Restaurant Brands International (also known as Tim Hortons world headquarters!)

100 Teens Who Care Oakville is based on the 100 Alliance, which is a North American network. There are also 100 Women Who Care and 100 Guys Who Care in Oakville as well. The 100 Teens Who Care Oakville was co-founded by Ishrani Henry (former 100 Women chair and local realtor) and Candace Collins, who are playing “parent advisors” with a Teens advisory group, AJ Sachdev, Noah Caza, Zoe Alikakos and Nicole Harris.

We all know that teens are busy which is why the 100 concept works so well; only 4 meetings per year, only 1 hour per meeting = 4 hours per year to give back and make a difference in the local community.

For an Oakville charity to be considered, it must be nominated by a 100 Teens Who Care member five days prior to a meeting. Three days prior to the meeting three charities are chosen at random, who are then notified. The 100 Teens members are asked to attend the meeting where the charity can do a 3 to 5 minutes talk, as well as answer questions from the students. The students then anonymously vote for the charity, and the charity chosen receives all the funds.

100 Teens Who Care have had two meetings where SafetyNet received $700.00 and Just Be You received $1,800.00. SafetyNet provides children and teens with access to a clothing bank, music lessons, and tutoring. Just Be You is a youth led group providing social recreation and peer-support for youth whose age ranges between 15 to 22, that are also experiencing mental health and/or addictions issues.

Students interested in participating in 100 Teens Who Care must be in grades 8 to 12. University and College students attend 100 Women Who Care, or 100 Men Who Care. 100 Teens Who Care are asked to bring a minimum of $10.00; however, larger donations are accepted.

The group donates the complete sum, so they must rely on businesses to provide them with a space that can accommodate 100 students. The meeting spaces so far have been provided by PwC and Film.ca. They are also looking for corporate sponsors and in-kind donations for such things as gift cards for baskets for event contests.

More information is found at 100 Teens Who Care.
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