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North Durham's Project Youth Begins its Inspirational Mission

A collection of North Durham's community leaders has broken new ground in creating opportunities for inspiring North Durham's youth
The newly formed initiative, North Durham's Project Youth, is a six-member group dedicating itself to helping young minds grow into leaders within their communities. 
Their first venture will bring world-renowned speaker and activist Marc Kielburger to Port Perry. His scheduled appearance has been confirmed for September 9, 2014. Kielburger will be addressing Grades 7 and 8 students from schools across North Durham.
Kielburger, who has appeared throughout the world's media including Oprah and 60 Minutes, is best known for founding "Me to We" and "Free the Children". His message, "The World Needs Your Kid", is a perfect match for the planning committee's initiative. 

North Durham's Project Youth works alongside Do Good Kids of Port Perry and Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham. When these six community members realized that schools in the northern parts of Durham Region were not able to share the same experiences as their more populated neighbours, North Durham's Project Youth decided to take action.
"This is very exciting to be able to provide projects of this magnitude to our area. We want to encourage strong community initiatives through young, passionate hearts," says Lisa Oriente, founder of Do Good Kids and member of North Durham's Project Youth planning committee.

"Children don't magically develop a social conscience when they turn eighteen. We have to help young people on that journey. Not only do you expose them to the challenges in the world, but it's actually empowering to your child." -Craig Kielburger

Gold Sponsors ($2,500): Vos' Your Independent Grocer
                                          Lisa and Peter Oriente
                                          Fisher's Your Independent Grocer
                                          Dr. Vi Tu Banh
                                          Dr. Michael Banh

Silver Sponsors ($1,000): Label Supply
                                            Durham Regional Police Services Board
                                            Port Perry Rotary Club
                                            Township of Uxbridge

Bronze Sponsors ($500): Baagwating Community Association
                                            Durham Catholic School Board
                                            Shoppers Drug Mart Port Perry
                                            Shoppers Drug Mart Uxbridge
                                         Professional Skills Development Institute Ltd.
1st Financial Centre
                                             Homestead Furniture & Appliances

Other Sponsors: Durham District School Board - $2,000
                             Port Perry High School Me to We Club- $1,800
Township of Scugog- $1,200
                             Cartwright Public School- $300
                             Sunderland Public School- $100
                             Bolair- $100 

For more information on Free the Children or Marc Kielburger, please visit their website at www.freethechildren.com/.

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