It’s a record-setting amount when it comes to the United Way Perth-Huron’s Youth in Action Grants.

Officials from the UWPH say they have awarded nine grants through the program this year with recipients representing a wide variety of focus areas and communities across Perth and Huron Counties.

A total of $9 thousand will go out through the grants which officials say represent an opportunity for youth to access up to $1 thousand to develop and implement projects that address important issues in their communities.

The recipients are:

–          Out of My Mind school workshops on physical and communication disabilities offered by youth in Stratford with support from Facile.

–          BlueBuds Mentoring Program led by upper year students to help ease the transition of younger students into high school at Mitchell District High School.

–          Promoting youth mental health through awareness and training at Goderich District Collegiate Institute.

–          Student-led Youth Cooking in Action program to bring healthy lunches to students at South Huron District High School.

–          Include2Improve inclusiveness tour of local high schools organized by St. Marys youth and Community Living St. Marys.

–          Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving Leadership Workshop led by youth in Goderich to raise awareness about the risks of highly impaired and distracted driving.

–          Don’t Waste the Chance to Recycle – promoting the recycling of unusual items (art supplies, non-food pet supplies, pharmaceutical waste, snack rappers) – led by a student working with the City of Stratford.

–          Formation of a Perth East Youth Action Council to increase student engagement in the community, inspired by a youth in Milverton and implemented by the Municipality of Perth East.

–          Gender and Sexuality Alliance support to help reduce homophobia and transphobia, led by students at Listowel District Secondary School.