The Gwaii Trust Youth Grant was established to provide funding to organizations on Haida Gwaii, particularly those that have connections to youth, youth gathering places, youth activities (recreational, sports, education, etc.), and economic development that maximize the number of individuals impacted by the project. The primary vision of the Gwaii Trust Youth Grant is to advocate and support an island community characterized by inclusive, infinite, and relevant possibilities; unified experiences; and collaborative youth. The Youth Grant values respect, collaboration, leadership, and equality. For additional information about the Youth Grant, and to apply, please visit the Gwaii Trust Youth Grant webpage.
The Gwaii Trust is excited to share a successful applicant’s story from the Gwaii Trust Youth Grant:
Queen Charlotte Secondary School – Drama Club Trip 2016.
“The Drama Club students at GidGalang Kuuyas Naay attended the Dramaland conference in New Westminster as part of an educational and leadership development experience for club members. The Gwaii Trust grant of $5000 covered nearly half of the total costs of the trip, with remaining funds raised through bake sales, a raffle and a community performance. Students gave back to the community in a number of ways, including by performing a theatre improv show at the Skidegate Small Hall and with plans to share skills learned with other youth and young people in Haida Gwaii. The show included a dinner which was made and served to community by the students themselves. The theatre improv show was developed entirely by the youth, who research theatre games, practiced over several weeks, produced the entire show and performed for over fifty guests on the night of the show.
At the Dramaland conference youth participated in workshops on makeup, stagecraft, acting, music and other drama skills. Students participated in three days of conference workshops and plays. The plays were produced by youth across British Columbia and touched on themes of interest to young people. Members of the GidGalang Kuuyas Naay Drama Club were inspired by these plays and plan to develop their own performance to showcase at Zone Festival next school year. This will provide an opportunity for youth to apply the skills developed at the conference and to showcase their own talents for a wider audience. If selected as an outstanding performance, the club could even return to the next year's Dramaland conference to perform their own play as a featured performance. Club members are excited about this possibility and have already begun the process of brainstorming how to move forward on making this a reality. Club members developed confidence, made friends with other drama students, learned skills and were recognized by conference organizers for their leadership, initiative and commitment to drama education."
The next Gwaii Trust Youth Grant intake is September 1, 2016.