Today SVP Teens gave Reception House a $4,000 grant to help fund refugee youth programs. Reception House is a community-based organization, which provides a warm welcome, programs and services to government-assisted refugees who settle in the Waterloo Region. Reception House locally serves approximately 245 newly arrived refugees and about 75 secondary migrants each year.
SVP Teens is an SVP philanthropy program for high school aged students. The teens have worked together since September, learning more about their community, deciding on their grant focus, evaluating proposals, short-listing candidates, conducting site visits, and raising funds for their grant pool. They will also be volunteering with Reception House on youth-related projects.
“Following our first grant of $5,000 to KidSport KW last year, we were excited to build on what we learned and find out more about other organizations serving youth in our region,” said Owen Martin, SVP Teens’ Chair and a grade 12 high school student. “It was eye-opening to see the great work of Reception House. They are really making a difference in the lives of refugee youth and we hope to be able to get involved working on peer tutoring and other activities this summer.”
In the photo above we were able to take a snapshot of people living and working there, and our SVP Teens’ chair Owen Martin holding the cheque together.