2011 Spirit Award Winners
Public Secondary School Winner:
Northern Secondary School
This year’s campaign held by Northern Secondary School was all about engagement and participation. Students set the bar with a standing committee involving every grade. They tweeted, they Facebooked, they won the Toronto District School Board’s United Way video competition. Every homeroom class at Northern Secondary ran their own fundraising project. Their strategy worked. Northern Secondary doubled the number of climbers that “conquered” the CN Tower and the funds to go with it. Collectively students raised over $20,000 for our community this year.
Private Secondary School Winner:
The York School
At The York School, it was all about inspiring students to participate in the campaign, motivating them to create positive change in our community. With a twist to their popular Prefect Auction, each of the students who participated represented a different service area of United Way. Talking about needs in the city while offering a range of fun activities to involve everyone, The York School successfully increased awareness and engagement. The small yet mighty student body raised over $3,600 for United Way Toronto.
Have your school’s outstanding Youth United campaign recognized
At United Way Toronto, we like to recognize outstanding contributions made by individuals who have gone the distance for the cause. Every year, we hold the Spirit Awards—an awards ceremony that publicly recognizes the best fundraising achievements from individuals who are making a difference in our city.
Winners are invited to attend our Celebration Dinner, which is held every January and is attended by over 2,000 volunteers, donors and community and business leaders.
If your school rose to the occasion this year, then we just might see you at the Spirit Awards! Check out last year’s winners of the Student Campaign Award on the side bar. This award is presented to the students of a school who have run an innovative and successful United Way Toronto campaign that has achieved higher results over the previous year’s winners.
How you can get your high school nominated
If you ran a Youth United Campaign in your school between September and December, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a Spirit Award application. Note that applications will be available in October 2012. Ask about application deadlines, including how you can ensure your submission is accurate and thorough.