Join us for a Youth Literacy Fundraising Scrabble Tournament! An entry form is below!
HANOVER, Ontario (May 30, 2017) – Youth Literacy got a couple of most-welcome shots in the arm this spring, with a major donation from Bruce Power’s Community Investment & Sponsorship and another from the Society of Energy Professionals.
These community-minded organizations have been ongoing supporters of Youth Literacy and their employees have also served as volunteer tutors in the past. The funds will go to volunteer recruitment, public information and awareness events and reaching the families who need these services the most.
Youth Literacy’s own fundraising efforts augment these generous donations. The Rabble Play Scrabble event pits word enthusiasts in the popular board game at Durham’s Garafraxa Café on Sunday, June 11 from 2 – 5 pm. In July, trivia teams match wits at Country Corner’s Trivia Night on Wednesday, July 19th, starting at 7:30 pm. Entries are $10 (trivia), $20 (scrabble), with prizes and glory for all.
Since 1989, Youth Literacy has matched screened, trained tutors for one-on-one sessions with students 6-18 who are struggling with literacy skills – reading, writing and math – and those match-ups continue again this year. There’s also a resource centre, which offers books, games, puzzles and learning aids free of charge to anyone in the South Grey Bruce area (with users from as far north as Owen Sound).
Youth Literacy’s writing competition this year shifts to non-fiction, with an interview/essay competition on the theme “My Childhood Home” for students in Grades 7 – 12. Entrants will interview an older member of the community and capture that information in 500 – 1000 words (depending on grade category). Deadlines for all competitions is January. Cash and prizes will be awarded in both junior and senior categories.
All to reach the many children and youth in the area who are struggling with literacy skills or who want a chance to demonstrate the benefits.
Interested in volunteering? Call SGB Youth Literacy 519-364-0008 or email email@example.com for more information.
Youth Literacy’s fourth annual Great Grey-Bruce Spelling Bee for Adult Teams is slated for Thursday, February 23rd, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Frankie’s Restaurant & Pub, 365 10 th St in Hanover (snow date Thursday, March 2nd, same time and location).
This is one of our major fundraising events for the year, and allows us to benefit children and youth who use our services while protecting their privacy.
We have had entrants from our supporters, youth- and other service-oriented agencies and organizations, politicians, libraries and their supporters, businesses, volunteers, funding organizations and other public-spirited – and competitive! – groups.
This year, there will be prizes for best spellers, best team name, best team costume, Audience Choice (Spirit Award), and Most Room for Improvement!
How to Enter
Entry forms are available online (pdf) or by calling 519.364.0008.
Entry is $25 for team members. Teams are encouraged to enlist at least 3, and preferably 4, team members.
Teams that register before January 31st get an additional Re-buzz!
Stage Shy? Sponsor Some Spellers!
Team sponsorships, from Busy Bee to Honey Bee, are available for individuals and businesses. This gives the sponsored team a competitive advantage: they get at least one coupon to get out of trouble, called Stress Bee-lief, among other perqs. Stress Bee-lief categories include Re-buzzes, where teams buy their way back in after potential elimination; Buzz-offs, to discard a word and take a pass; Honey Dip, which allows a team to draw one word in lieu of another, or Stingers, which allow teams to send their stinky word to an opposing team.
Those who join the fun at Frankie’s on February 23rd to cheer on the teams can also vote for best team name or costume – at a toonie a vote, ballot box stuffing is not only allowed, it’s encouraged! Supporters can also help teams buy their way back in after elimination by buying a Stress Bee-lief coupon on the team’s behalf.
Every dollar counts towards helping kids and youth, with a focus on fun. Participants will receive great prizes and major bragging rights, but more importantly, they’ll be raising money for an excellent cause. For more information, please visit the Youth Literacy website, or Youth Literacy’s Facebook page, or contact Youth Literacy at 519.364.0008.
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017 Snow date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Location: Frankie’s Restaurant & Pub
365 10 th St, Hanover 519-364- 0711
$25 per team member
HANOVER, Ontario (August 22, 2016) – Youth Literacy’s gearing up for a new year of support for area children and youth.
Performance artist Jenny Parsons will again serve as field co-ordinator for the drama workshop program called Literacy on its Feet – Drama, originally funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Jenny, whose background includes strong ties with Toronto’s Second City and an impressive history in local performing and visual arts, works with youth literacy staff and both adult and teen volunteers to deliver the eight-session series for children and youth. Classes begin September 19th at JEST Arts Studio, 148-1 Garafraxa St in Durham. Pre-registration required through the Youth Literacy office in Hanover or online at www.sgbyouthliteracy.org.
But that’s not all. Since 1989, Youth Literacy has matched screened, trained tutors for one-on-one sessions with students 6-18 who are struggling with literacy skills – reading, writing and math – and those match-ups continue again this year. There’s also a resource centre, which offers books, games, puzzles and learning aids free of charge to anyone in the South Grey Bruce area (with users from as far north as Owen Sound). The Head, Heart & Hands conference, featuring experts in education, child development and the arts, is part of Youth Literacy’s special events programming, and has been moved to October 15th to accommodate the many requests of those who had conflicting summer plans.
Youth Literacy’s writing competition this year is open to Grades 4 to 6 in both English and French. The theme is “Silence”, which is also the theme for the bookmark competition, with both junior and senior categories. New this year is a non-fiction essay competition for juniors (Grades 7-8) and seniors (Grades 9-12) on the theme of “My Childhood Home”, which requires students to interview an older member of the community and capture that information in 500 – 1000 words (depending on grade category). Deadlines for all competitions is October 28th. Cash and book prizes will be awarded in each category.
The winners of the competitions will be announced at the Words Aloud Family Program, on Saturday November 12 at the Royal Jubilee Hall in Walkerton. The production is The Silent B and will feature participants and leaders of Youth Literacy’s drama program – so, full circle…
All to reach the many children and youth in the area who are struggling with literacy skills or who want a chance to demonstrate the benefits of literacy.
Interested in attending or volunteering? Call SGB Youth Literacy 519-364-0008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.