GenNext Kelowna Board members proudly present United Way CSO with their annual contribution to  the Youth Initiative Grants. Shown above: Carly Gilmore, Heather McColl, Mercedes Marleau, Nola Lagace, Mitch Larue, and Kayla Caruana.

January 15, 2019 – United Way CSO, GenNext Kelowna and the Central Okanagan Foundation for Youth (COFFY) have partnered again this year to offer Youth Initiative Grants. Youth who are improving their communities have a chance to receive project funding of up to $2,000.

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. The partner organization can be a school, church or charity and youth must reside in either the Central or South Okanagan Similkameen in order to apply. Applications are available until the March 1.2019 deadline.

“We are proud to support youth in the Central and South Okanagan through the Youth Initiative Grants again this year,” say GenNext Co-Chairs, Kayla Caruana and Nola Lagace. “Our board has had the opportunity to be part of the granting process for many years. The youth applicants never disappoint and continue to inspire us with their commitment to their communities.”

Last year’s recipients included youth-led projects by Enactus Okanagan College, Interact Club part of Rotary Club of Kelowna, Aberdeen Hall, Peachland Wellness Centre, School District 53 and The Bridge Youth and Family Services. More details available on the United Way website link below.

“The Youth Initiative Grants enable youth to feel their voice is valued and that they have an impact. Our communities benefit from the fresh perspective, optimism, and enthusiasm of youth generated projects” says Cheryl Miller, Director of Grants & Community Initiatives with the Central Okanagan Foundation.

Application packages are available at Youth Initiative Grants or by calling Jude Brunt, Community Investment Manager at the United Way office at 250-860-2356.

About GenNext Kelowna:

GenNext is a group of young professionals supporting the community through United Way. They     believe in growing personally, developing professionally and improving the community we live in. GenNext organizes local socials and fundraisers to promote networking and the United Way cause. More info at:

About COFFY:

The Central Okanagan Foundation for Youth (COFFY) committee is made up of young adults age 15 – 25. Since its establishment in 2002, COFFY has been building an endowment fund with the COF. The income generated is used to support youth projects and programs in the Central Okanagan (Lake Country to Peachland). Specifically, COFFY wishes to support projects that are youth-driven, collaborative and have a direct beneficial impact on young people living in the Central Okanagan. More info at: Application packages are available at 

Download Central Okanagan release

Download South Okanagan release