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ChangeTheWorld: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge


Be part of something big! Join high school youth from all across Ontario who want to earn volunteer hours by making a difference in their community!

The 2016 ChangeTheWorld: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge will take place between April 10 and May 23. This year, a goal of 3,000 youth volunteering for 15,000 hours has been set.

The United Way Volunteer Centre administers the challenge in KFL&A by encouraging students to sign up and to log the hours they volunteered during the challenge’s six-week period.

Join your friends. Be part of the change.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • If you already volunteer in the community, track your volunteer hours April 10 – May 23 and submit them to your Student Services Department.
  • If you want to participate but do not know where you can volunteer, United Way Volunteer Centre can find you volunteer opportunities with an agency in the community. Contact volunteer@unitedwaykfla.ca
  • Let us know when and where your volunteer experience is happening so we can take pictures and post it on the United Way Facebook and Twitter pages.

Participating Schools in 2016

  • Bayridge Secondary School
  • École secondaire publique Milles-Îles
  • École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier
  • Ernestown Secondary School
  • Granite Ridge Education Centre
  • Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
  • Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute
  • La Salle Secondary School
  • Loyalist Collegiate & Vocational Institute
  • Napanee District Secondary School
  • Queen Elizabeth Collegiate & Vocational Institute
  • Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School



The ChangeTheWorld: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge was held in KFL&A for the first time in the spring of 2012. High school students have exceeded local targets each year.

  • In 2015, 3,690 students volunteered for 20,424 hours during the challenge. Both were new records and hopefully they will be surpassed in 2016!
  • In 2014, 3,364 students volunteered for an impressive 15,326 hours during the challenge. The target was 1500 youth volunteering for 4,500 hours. This represented an 85% increase in youth volunteers and an 83% increase in volunteer hours over 2013.
  • In 2013 1,813 youth volunteered for 8,182 hours, exceeding the target of 1,000 students volunteering for 3,000 hours by a wide margin.
  • In 2012 834 youth volunteered for 2,498 hours. The target was 90-140 students volunteering for 300-500 hours.

For more information about getting involved in the Youth Challenge please email volunteer@unitedwaykfla.ca or call 613-542-2674 ext. 1502.

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