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These stories about local youth taking action to make a difference in our community are made possible through the continued support of Sunshine Super Wash. as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Local students put giving on the menu for Christmas <b>(3 photos)</b>

Local students put giving on the menu for Christmas (3 photos)

Grade 9 students at Twin Lakes Secondary School made 200 holiday dinners for Orillians; 'It feels really good to know we helped that many people,' says student
OSS students give gift of music to local nursing homes <b>(3 photos)</b>

OSS students give gift of music to local nursing homes (3 photos)

'I thought it was so nice to have the young people come. I think it was good for them, and it was good for us,' says Trillium Manor resident of OSS quartet
Local youth working hard to tackle climate change <b>(3 photos)</b>

Local youth working hard to tackle climate change (3 photos)

Sustainable Orillia Youth Council working to organize summit on climate change; 'Any local action has to be youth-driven because it’s (their) world,' says official
Local Indigenous teen’s art raises funds, awareness for truth and reconciliation

Local Indigenous teen’s art raises funds, awareness for truth and reconciliation

PF student's design, first sold on masks and hoodies, symbolizes learning of Indigenous history; 'Our future is in good hands,' says teacher
Brothers saw a need and stepped up to help others amid pandemic

Brothers saw a need and stepped up to help others amid pandemic

'They’re always up to something to make our community a better place,' says food bank official in praise of Odlozinski brothers
Cumberland Beach kids spread joy with 'pictures of kindness'

Cumberland Beach kids spread joy with 'pictures of kindness'

'It feels good to know that you could’ve put a smile on someone’s face and make their day,' says 10-year-old of family's efforts to bring joy to community
OSS student leaders make positive change with community-oriented group

OSS student leaders make positive change with community-oriented group

Despite a year of challenges, co-presidents of Students for Change led the group to success
Local teen starts support group to help foster positive mental health

Local teen starts support group to help foster positive mental health

'Knowing I created this thing that’s making a difference, that makes all those other (anxious) feelings go away,' says Twin Lakes Secondary School student
Green living gone virtual: Meet the local youth behind Green Orillia

Green living gone virtual: Meet the local youth behind Green Orillia

'It’s one thing to know the theory behind sustainability, but it’s another to implement the actions into one’s everyday life. Maddy walks the talk,' says advocate
Local sister-brother duo passionate about helping others

Local sister-brother duo passionate about helping others

'Everyone is different, and not everyone is as lucky as we all are, so the people who don’t have very much need more help,' says nine-year-old Orillia girl