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News Article: High school civics students win $5,000 for Guelph youth homeless shelter

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GUELPH — What started out as an average civics class project by three Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute students ended up netting a local charity $5,000 on Wednesday.

In a competition where six groups of civics students made PowerPoint, Prezi and video-filled funding proposals, Grade 10 students Michael Wang, Jacob Parr and Michael Tucker's presentation succeeded in convincing judges that Wyndham House, a shelter for homeless youth ages 16-21, should receive some help this year.

Memorizing most of their lines, they told a panel of judges made up of teachers and their peers that Wyndham House is facing a $13,000 deficit this year, and would use the money to help narrow that deficit to $8,000.

"They're the only charity in Guelph that targets and houses homeless youth," Tucker, aged 15, told judges during the presentation.

They went on to describe how Wyndham's administrators hope to someday hire a specialized mental health worker, an addictions counsellor and perhaps purchase a van to help departing residents move into their first apartments.

Other groups made pitches for charities such as the United Way of Guelph and Wellington, Habitat for Humanity Wellington County, the Puslinch-based Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre, and Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis.

Wang said that "at first we only really cared about the grades, but as we progressed through it became more than just a project. It became something we wanted to make happen."

All three boys admitted they were pretty nervous making the presentation, and hope the win will help them with job and university applications in the future.

Read the full article at the Guelph Mercury.

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