SAYCW Supporting 41 School and Community Projects Across Saskatchewan

Media Release – July 6, 2017

The Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Well-being (SAYCW) Healthy Schools and Communities Grants is supporting 41 projects across the province that will help make a difference in the lives of young people.

“The investments in each of these projects will bring positive change and help address a need in a community or school that will improve the well-being of youth,” said Dr. Jon Tonita, SAYCW Co-chair and Interim President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. “We were pleased that there were so many varied and well-meaning projects from communities and schools.”

The 41 projects were chosen from 124 total applications received over two granting periods. A total of $273,160 will be provided to assist the communities in their work. The approved initiatives include a range of projects around health and wellness, nutrition, fitness and recreation, First Nations culture, safety and crime prevention, mental health awareness, literacy, and sexual health information.

The Healthy Schools and Communities Grant is made possible through funding to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency provided by Cameco Touchdown for Dreams and AstraZeneca. The grant is intended to help schools and community groups implement programs or actions that will help address health concerns for youth in their community or areas. Grants awarded ranged from $1,500 to $15,000.

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For more information, contact

Gladys Wasylenchuk

Saskatchewan Cancer Agency

Phone: 639-625-2011


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