Zenith In Action

Zenith in Action 2014 650

From young minds sprout fresh ideas. If you’re the least bit skeptical about that statement, then let us tell you about Zenith in Action, an annual competition hosted by the Richmond Youth Foundation. Now in its fifth year, Zenith in Action gives teams of high school students an opportunity to showcase their (often brilliant) ideas for community projects, and potentially receive funding.

What makes the competition so unique is the fact that it’s for youth, by youth. The funding comes directly from the Richmond Youth Foundation, which grows and manages its own endowment fund. And of course, the projects are all spearheaded by young community leaders.

For an example of what a winning project might look like – and how successful it can become – look no further than Jessica Yeung, who, in 2011, won a Zenith in Action grant to set up an environmental conference at Steveston-London Secondary School. The conference has since morphed into the Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit, better known as the REaDY Summit, and is one of the largest of its kind. For the 2014 conference, happening April 26 at McMath Secondary School, the keynote speaker will be none other than Dr. David Suzuki.

This year’s Zenith in Action competition will be held Sunday, April 6, from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, in the performance hall at the Richmond Arts Centre. Presentations from the finalists will be followed by a round of judging, after which the Richmond Youth Foundation will award four grants – $250 each – to the winning teams.

The event is open to the public and free to attend, so we hope to see you there!