No one is ever too young or too small to change the world!
At our award winning summer day camps, campers are encouraged to channel their passions into a project idea designed to help make the world a better place. Each September, these children and youth are given the opportunity to present these Passion Projects to a panel of judges for the opportunity to turn their ideas into a reality.
Winners become FUN Champs and receive a year of mentorship and the financial support to make their idea into a social change project. While the funding is great, it is the mentorship which truly helps turn these children and youth into empowered eco-superheroes.
- Weekly one-on-one meetings throughout the school year are complemented by monthly group gatherings where all of the Champs bond and share experiences
- At these meet-ups the mentor teaches leadership workshops on skills such as asset-mapping, public speaking and other topics integral to their projects
- Mentors also provide support beyond these sessions, and usually have the third-biggest smiles on their faces when a project comes to fruition (the biggest smile belonging to the Champ, and the second biggest to his or her parent/guardian)
FUN CHamps 2016
elodie, Age 11
- Elodie will be organizing and facilitating a Bird Day at her school, which will bring together local community partners to raise awareness and educate youth on a variety of bird species. All funds raised will go to the Ara Project.
katerina, age 14
- Katerina will be giving those within her community who don't have the resources to camp, an opportunity of a lifetime. Katerina is in the process or organizing a camping trip that will introduce community members to the wonders of nature through a camp-out this spring.
liberte, age 9
- Liberte is producing a creative short film to rise awareness about the red wolf. The premise of the film is based on The Parent Trap except this time, a wolf in captivity switches places with a wolf in the wild.
FINN, age 13
- Finn is passionate about sustainable transportation and healthy communities. He is in the process of partnering with the CRD to help encourage biking among youth in the City of Victoria.
jack, age 7
- Jack lives just over 2 km from his elementary school in Fernwood, and has decided to walk to and from school to encourage others to do the same. He will be taking photographs along the way, and will be creating a visual storybook about his daily adventures.
saul, age 11
- Saul is passionate about protect local animals within his community; specifically felines. Through a partnership with the Helping Homeless Cats of Greater Victoria Society, Saul hopes to spread awareness and rise funds to support the protection of local felines in his neighbourhood and beyond.
VISHAV, age 10
- Vishav loves helping others in his community, and wants to support refugees who are new to the island. Through a partnership with UVic, Vishav hopes to facilitate art and theatre-based workshops for refugees.
emma, age 12
- Emma is producing a creative episode series about the tapir, an endangered species. She is passionate about using humour and storytelling to engage youth on both environmental and social justice issues.
diego, age 9
Diego is raising awareness and funds for the crocodile, an endangered species. He has designed a mini golf structure and attended community events where participants in his mini golf set-up putt in support of the crocodile. He has an awesome logo and t-shirt design too!