More youth are making a difference in Oliver thanks to two girls who have established a new group called “100 Youth for Change.”
Founders Enola Mills and Bridget Miller organized the group’s first meeting on Thursday.
After canvassing both elementary schools, the youth were able to raise $1,220 for “Any Child Can Join,” an Oliver Parks and Recreation program that assists children who are not able to afford enrolment in a particular program.
Nine youth showed their support on Thursday, and a very generous resident of Oliver donated $1,000.
The group thanks the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and the Oliver Ambassador Program for coming out and presenting.
“It is our hope to continue to grow this charity, and we look forward to seeing many new faces at our next meeting (in February),” Mills said.
The student from Southern Okanagan Secondary School said the idea for 100 Youth for Change came from the “100 Women Who Care” concept in Oliver.
Mills explained the youth group will select three local charities and vote on which one they want to funnel the money to.
“I love doing this kind of work; it makes me feel empowering and really happy to see that slowly with the help of these youth, that we are making a difference.”
Mills said she was really proud of the youth who came out on Thursday to support the program.
She pointed out their initiative prompts students to get more involved in the community and make them feel like they are having an impact on the lives of youth in Oliver.