"Building an army of young people to end poverty in Edmonton"

That's how the dynamic Sarah Chan describes her efforts to reach out to young people in Edmonton and engage them in conversation about ending poverty in our city. On July 23, EndPoverty Edmonton task force had the honour of hearing from Sarah in person. As the Co Chair for the 2016 United Way Campaign for the Alberta Capital Region, Sarah has taken on with vigour a new role as Youth Initiative lead.

A (piano) teacher by profession, Sarah loves talking with children and believes that if we want to prevent and end poverty, where better to start than with young people .  The new Youth Initiative with the United Way Alberta Capital Region is 3 years in length, with education and dialogue followed by student- led action projects and culminating in year 3 with a symposium for young people.  Sarah began by speaking to kids from Edmonton Public Schools - from crowds of over 2000 to small groups of just 20. She is also branching out to speak to students in junior and senior high schools from different school boards in our city!

Sarah is passionate about sparking that energy in these kids, to incite them to learn more, talk more and do more right here at home. She believes we need to shine a light on what's happening in our own backyard, and to putideas into action.  Above all, Sarah urged EndPoverty Edmonton to keep kids in mind in our work on a 10 year plan to end poverty in our city in a generation. Kids are our future and our present, and they bring huge energy and leadership to new solutions!