‘Be a Voice’ contest engages local youth
High school students across Niagara were challenged to use their creativity to speak up on the issues of affordable housing and homelessness by participating in the ‘Be a Voice’ contest.
The contest was organized by Habitat for Humanity Niagara in partnership with the District School Board of Niagara, Niagara Catholic District School Board, Niagara Regional Housing, Niagara Poverty Reduction Network and the Niagara Prosperity Initiative through the Niagara Region, in the hopes to raise awareness about the importance of affordable housing in our community.
“We were quite pleased with the number of entries we received,” said Sandy Rempel, Family Services Manager at Habitat Niagara. “The students really did their research to understand the state our area is in with regards to homelessness and affordable housing and came up with some very creative ideas.”
In total, there were close to 60 submissions entered in the contest and it took seven judges over a week to review, score and select the winning entries. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top five participants and one school will receive the Spirit Award for the highest level of participation. The submissions will be used as a part of the Niagara community’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness of affordable housing options in our community.
An award ceremony will take place in combination with a commemoration for National Housing Day on Friday, November 27th starting at 2:30 p.m. at the Niagara Regional Headquarters in the Campbell East Atrium. All submissions will be on display throughout the day and at 3:30 p.m. winners will be awarded their prizes.