June 18, 2020 – This spring, the Central Okanagan Foundation and United Way’s GenNext contributed $6,000 to support three youth led projects based in the Central Okanagan.

These grants are available to young people up to age 25 who are partnering with an organization to create positive change in their local community. A committee comprising of youth representatives from the Central Okanagan Foundation and GenNext Kelowna met in late March to review the applications and make funding decisions.

“Youth are the future of our communities, and we are proud to support these three impactful projects that empower youth to make a positive difference right here in their local community,” says Reanne Holden-Amadio, Community Investment Manager at United Way Southern Interior BC. “United Way’s GenNext Board is a key champion for youth leadership in the region and we are grateful for their support in helping fund the Youth Initiative Grants.”

The Youth Initiative Grant recipients for 2020 are:

  • Green Screen, Enactus Okanagan College (Kelowna)
  • Adaptive Scavenger Hunt, CRIS Adaptive Adventures (Kelowna)
  • Youth Advisory Council, YMCA (Kelowna)

“The Youth Initiative Grant program showcases the incredible initiatives youth in our community are implementing.  Each year, we are so impressed with the creativity and thoughtfulness of all the applicants and look forward to seeing their plans put into action in the coming months,” says Abbie Norrish, Coordinator of Grants & Community Initiatives at the Central Okanagan Foundation.

Youth Initiative Grant funding will be available again in the winter of 2021. For more information, visit:




About Central Okanagan Foundation Youth Volunteers: The Central Okanagan Foundation Youth endowment fund supports projects and programs from Lake Country to Peachland that are youth-driven, collaborative and impactful. For more info: http://www.centralokanaganfoundation.org/

About United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC): The United Way mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. For 70 years, we’ve been working to create opportunities for a better life for everyone in the Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap and Similkameen. Every dollar raised here stays in our community and touches the lives of over 85,000 vulnerable children, families and seniors every year. For more info, visit: www.unitedwaysibc.com or call 1-855-232-1321.

About GenNext: GenNext is an affinity group of United Way SIBC consisting of young, emerging leaders who are looking to support our community in a meaningful way. GenNext’s Board of Directors is made up of professionals who are passionate about volunteerism and furthering the United Way’s mission. For more information about GenNext Kelowna, visit: http://gennextkelowna.com

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For more information, please contact:

Cheryl Miller, Director of Grants & Community Initiatives
Central Okanagan Foundation


Reanne Amadio, Community Investment Manager
United Way Southern Interior BC

Photo credits: Enactus – Green Screen photo