SpecKids Unlimited, the umbrella for all of the Spectator’s philanthropy, put out a call for brilliant ideas to improve the lives of kids in our readership area. The winner is eligible for a $25,000 grant. We got dozens of great ideas. The SpecKids team had the challenge of narrowing down the field to five very worthy finalists. Now it is up to the public to choose which of the five finalists will receive the SpecKids Unlimited grant. Voting begins online on November 10 and be sure to return each day to vote for your favorite idea. Voting ends on November 30th at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced on December 8th.

And then there was one...

Five finalists, 46,096 votes, $25,000 in funds, one winner.

Community Child Abuse Council: Journeys of Change 

is the winner of the SpecKids Unlimited Change Challenge 2014 and will receive a grant of $25,000. Journeys of Change is designed to engage high school students as creators, designers and performers in a theatrical production that will share newcomers' life experiences before, during and after migration to Hamilton. The finished product will be showcased at area high schools, engaging the broader community. Journeys of Change will help give voice and purpose to newcomer youth and build bridges with fellow students.


Congratulations to the other finalists:


Art Gallery of Burlington: Artistic and Gallery Experience Mentoring Program




Dundas Valley School of Art: The Artists' Connection




The Salvation Army Grace Haven: Postnatal Education Lounge




YMCA Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford: Summer Beyond the Bell





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