Staff and board members at the Joe’s M.I.L.L. will recognizing KVCI students Elliot Sinclair and Emile Flavin, as well as their civics teacher, Mr. Bischof, at a September 21st reception for their donation of $5,000 to the Kingston charity.
“Emile and I are very happy to have been recognized by this experience and that we can support this amazing charity” said Elliott Sinclair.
The funds were earned through the Youth and Philanthropy (YIP) Initiative in the 2012-2013 school year. That organization, which began 10 years ago in one Toronto school, has since grown to include schools across Canada, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the United States.
The initiative’s mission is to give secondary school students a hands on, reality based experience through “a strong academic philanthropy course which gives them the skills to assess the needs of their community and make grants to grassroots, community based charities meeting those needs”.
According to the organization’s website, YPI has granted over $6 million in funding across Canada alone and continues to provide approximately $1 million every year in similar grants.
“We are very proud of Elliot and Emile for their leadership skills for their civics initiative in preparing and presenting the winning papers that were presented to a group of their peers who acted as judges” said Terry Snider, President of Joe’s M.I.L.L., who added that the donation “will be used for the maintenance, repair and acquisition budget that is used to keep the instruments good repair”
The Donor Recognition Reception will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Joe’s M.I.L.L., 559 Bagot Street, with Elliott Sinclair, Emily Flavin, and Mr. Bischof in attendance for the cheque presentation.
The Joe Chithalen Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s MILL) is a registered charity that offers hundreds of instruments to borrow and enjoy for free – including guitars, keyboards, drums, horns, violins, percussion, exotic instruments, and more.