Youth at Risk in semi-finals, online voting begins Dec. 5 for Aviva contest

Online voting begins Monday, Dec. 5 for the semi-final round of the Aviva Community Fund competition

Online voting begins Monday, Dec. 5 for the semi-final round of the Aviva Community Fund competition, which includes a joint project by Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service and the Abbotsford Police Department.

The two agencies have entered the Youth at Risk project, which combines multi-media presentations on fire safety and road safety.

They are hoping to win $97,000 in funding to expand the program, including an improved Internet and social media presence.

Youth at Risk finished in the top 10 in round-one voting for entries across Canada, allowing the program to skip the second and third voting rounds and proceed directly to the semi-finals.

Of the 90 entries in the semi-final round, 30 will advance to the finals, where a panel of judges will select the winners. A total of $1 million will be awarded to at least three finalists, with additional finalists being funded until all of the money is used up.

Winners will be announced Jan. 25.

To vote for the Abbotsford program, register online at www.avivacommunityfund.org and vote for idea 11138.

For more information about Youth at Risk, visit www.tough2bteen.ca

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