Cedar Park’s Youth in Action Group has been a thriving part of the church community since 2003. The group currently has 25 members. Cedar Park Youth in Action is a chapter of Free the Children. Their goals are to help both locally and globally through sustainable development projects.
The group’s fund-raising initiatives since 2003 have resulted in contributions of over $122,400 towards Free the Children projects in Sierra Leone, China, Kenya and Haiti in addition to $9,174 supporting Maison de la Gare Association in Senegal – making a total of over $130,000 raised!
Cedar Park Youth in Action has been recognized for their efforts through the Social Change Award, presented by Founder of Free the Children, Craig Kielburger and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, England (2007), Free the Children’s Big Dreamers Award – $5,000 sponsored by Club Penguin (2011) and the “Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy” Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Quebec Chapter (2011).
The group’s focus on Haiti began after the devastating effects of the earthquake in January 2010. Now as Free the Children has been working in Haiti for over a decade, Cedar Park Youth in Action’s current project is to fundraise for a 24-classroom school complex. Last year (2010-11), they raised enough money to construct just over three classrooms!
If you are a youth interested in joining, or would like more information, please contact Kim Fortin at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the groups’ facebook page at www.facebook.com/ftccedarpark . Lastly, for photos and updates on Dos Palais please check out Free the Children’s Online Community Report.
Overview of Fundraising Accomplishments
2003-2004: Water well built in Kono region of Sierra Leone, $9,391.60
2004-2005: School built in Kono region of Sierra Leone, $20,354.72
2005-2006: Contribution towards school in China, $3,416.60
2006-2007: School built in the Naikara region of Kenya, $11,057.64
2007-2008: School, Water System, Mobile Medical Clinic in Salabwek, Kenya, $15,442.56
2008-2009: Kenya Girls’ Secondary School Classrooms in Enelerai, Kenya and Community Garden and Latrines in Salabwek, Kenya, $23,570.59
2009-2010: Kenya Girls’ Secondary School Classrooms, Enelerai, Kenya ($6627.53) and support of Maison de la Gare Association in Senegal ($9174.36), $15,801.89
2010-2011: School complex in Dos Palais, Haiti for 700 students, $28,189.55
2011-2012: School complex in Dos Palais, Haiti for 700 students