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A grant received from the London Community Foundation enabled us to offer a multi-year program called Neighbourhood Youth in Charge. The program serves local youth aged 11-16 years of age out of the Westminster Park Optimist Centre. Neighbourhood Youth in Charge offered many programs including:

1. Youth Leadership Development

2. Tuesday & Thursday Drop Ins

3. Westminster Tutoring Services

4. Volunteer & Employment Mentorship

5. Westminster Youth Council

6. O-So-Goode (Cooking Classes funded through the United Way's Youth in Action Program)

7. Special Events (Movie Nights, Outings & Community Events)

In 2005, we were granted the opportunity to hire a part-time Volunteer Coordinator with thanks to the City of London’s Community Service Innovation Fund. At the time, this Volunteer Coordinator worked with community volunteers to expand the programs being offered in the area (including expanding the before school Breakfast Club program to 5 days per week).

A grant from the Milton and Jean Broderick Charitable Fund, a fund within the London Community Foundation, greatly enhanced the 2006 Summer Fun Day, making it even more enjoyable for everyone who came and allowed us to offer much of the activities held that day for free to all residents. A grant from the City of London's Creative Cities Fund helped obtain a professional sound system for the Junior and Youth Talent contest as well.

 Our sincere thanks to all of the groups and organizations who have provided us with grant opportunities.

Currently with the support of the City of London and the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre (SLNRC)—a Community Development Worker is able to work on behalf of NRAWP.

Amanda works in the neighbourhood supporting volunteer based community groups with resident advocacy, program and service enhancement and basic needs. She also assists residents with referrals to other city-wide or community-based services and Jumpstart Registration.

In 2009 with support from a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation; an agency of the Government of Ontario, and a partnership with SLNRC, the Westminster Optimist Club were funded to provide volunteer coordination for NRAWP.  Kelly works with all residents, from youth achieving their high school hours to seniors looking to get involved. Through this position Kelly and many community volunteers have been able to enhance current programs serving the Westminster area such as our daily Breakfast Club program and NRAWP's many community events. She and Amanda also coordinate skill and leadership development opportunities for volunteers, residents and program participants.

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