Two Revelstoke youth programs were among the 16 Columbia Basin-wide programs that received a share of $92,000 in Columbia Basin Trust grants.
A statement from the CBT said the North Columbia Environmental Society received $3,000 to support the Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program. GASP invites grade 10 & 11 students in the Revelstoke area to develop leadership, backcountry and photography skills during a three-day backcountry hut experience.
As well, School District 19 received $4,500 to help underwrite the Change it Up Leadership Week. This school-based program designed around self-esteem building, healthy relationship building, leadership and empowerment is to be held at RSS during the next school year.
“Our Youth Grants Program has supported a variety of youth projects throughout the Basin region over the last eight years,” Sabrina Curtis, CBT director for Sector Initiatives, said in a statement. “A number of exciting projects will help build youth leadership while increasing youth engagement and opportunities in Basin communities.”
The YGP funds up to $15,000 per project that directly benefit Basin youth aged 12 to 29. A range of organizations, school districts, First Nations organizations and local governments — plus youth aged 15 to 29 with a sponsoring organization — can apply.
CBT’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), made up of 12 youth age 15 to 29, adjudicate the YGP applications.