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Run raises funds for trades-based youth programs – The Whig Standard

July 16, 2018

A local non-profit is continuing to gain headway in its hopes of empowering Indigenous youth.

Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth, a Kingston start up launched in May 2017, held its second annual 5 km run/walk at City Park on Saturday afternoon in efforts to raise funds for trades-based youth educational programs.

The organization works with Indigenous communities to render underprivileged youth — who often face systemic challenges such as underfunded schooling, increased suicide rates, and scarce educational resources — equitable access to opportunities.

Evan Veryard, founder and chairman of Focus Forward, said hosting the 5 km run presents more of an engaging “sense of community” than what a typical sit-down, educationally geared event would garner.

“We get a lot of good support every year,” Veryard, who’s also chemical engineering graduate student at RMC, said about the event. “Participants learn a little bit about the organization through the event, and from there, you get lots of good ideas that help us. You also meet lots of potential collaborators and team members.”

Read More: http://www.thewhig.com/2018/07/16/run-raises-funds-for-trades-based-youth-programs

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