(From left) Aidan Gamble, Caleb Dahlen and Annabelle Ofosuhene were on the team that won the semifinal presentations of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative Jan. 16 at W. J. Mouat Secondary. Missing from the photo is Kaia Kang-Vinnish.

(From left) Aidan Gamble, Caleb Dahlen and Annabelle Ofosuhene were on the team that won the semifinal presentations of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative Jan. 16 at W. J. Mouat Secondary. Missing from the photo is Kaia Kang-Vinnish.

Mouat Secondary hosts semifinals of YPI competition

Youth Philanthropy Initiative includes presentations on local charities

W. J. Mouat Secondary held its fifth annual semifinal presentation assembly of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

YPI is woven into Planning 10 as a project and final presentation piece for the Learning and Living with Character 10 course that the students begin in Grade 9.

In teams, students research social issues in the community and create an engaging and persuasive presentation on a local charity they believe is best placed to tackle an issue they are passionate about.

At the semifinals, the team representing the Starfish Pack program was chosen as the winning presentation.

This group – consisting of students Annabelle Ofosuhene, Caleb Dahlen, Kaia Kang-Vinnish and Aidan Gamble – will meet the semfinal round-two winners in June for a chance to win $5,000 for their charity.

Other charities represented at the event were: the Canadian Cancer Society, Abbotsford Community Services’ Multicultural and Immigration Services, the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association, and Charity – Hope for Women.

The judges’ panel consisted of school trustee Stan Petersen, W. J. Mouat vice- principal Baljit Sekhon, and students Jacob Kooy, Sadie Baird and Kiahanna Wease.

Mark Thiessen was master of ceremonies.