Teens – be a team leader and earn volunteer hours in Oakville’s It’s Your 150! High School Challenge

Tue, 03 Oct 2017

This fall, Oakville’s high school students have a unique leadership opportunity that will help them earn up to 50 of their required community service hours. Through funding from the Ontario 150 program, the Town of Oakville is launching the It’s Your 150! High School Challenge to help the town learn where the best places are to improve cycling and walking routes. Volunteer team leaders will encourage other students to participate in the program by tracking their routes to and from school using a running and cycling app.

“By volunteering and becoming an It’s Your 150! Team Leader, students can have a positive, fun experience, support their school, and have the opportunity to complete all of their community volunteer hours,” said Chris Clapham, Sustainable Transportation Program Co-ordinator. “Students will build skills in public speaking, social media communications and health promotion – great things to have on a resume.”

The town has four volunteer team leader positions available at every high school – public, separate and private – to be filled on a first come, first served basis, and will be visiting schools throughout the month of October to promote the program and recruit volunteers. Students can also go to the It’s Your 150! registration form and choose “I want to be a team leader!”

Students don’t have to become a team leader to take part in the It’s Your 150! High School Challenge. Every high school student is encouraged to sign up online and track their trips to and from school to help the town improve bike paths, crosswalks and other routes around the community. Every student who signs up for the It’s Your 150! program will qualify for exciting prizes, including a draw for a bike.

This research project is funded by the Town of Oakville with support from the Ontario 150 Community Capital Program as well as GIS technology partner Esri Canada and fitness app Strava.