TELUS and Free The Children launch Give Where You Live school curriculum in
VANCOUVER, Jan. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, TELUS announced their Give Where You
Live educational curriculum at Britannia Secondary School - a program that
will teach young people how to translate their passion and ideas for their
community into real change.
This new program, developed in partnership with Free The Children, will
educate, encourage and empower young Canadians to identify social issues and
take action on them to make positive change in their local communities. The
Give Where You Live curriculum and speaking tours will launch in 40 B.C.
middle and secondary schools this year, with the expectation that 150,000
youth across Canada will be involved in the philanthropic curriculum by 2016.
The program engages youth on the importance of giving back, teaching that
one's own time and talent is often the most powerful and rewarding gift we can
give. TELUS and Free The Children aim to help kick-start a movement of
Canadian youth who are making a difference in their communities. This
curriculum recognizes the great potential in today's youth to identify
opportunities to enhance the lives of others, and will encourage and support
Canadian youth along their journey to becoming inspired, educated leaders of
"We launched this curriculum because our youth are often the most engaged
group in their local communities, and this is our way of helping to foster
their incredibly innovative ideas that can lead to positive change benefiting
citizens in need," said Josh Blair, TELUS EVP & Chief Corporate Officer.
"Young Canadians already have the heart and the will to act, but not always
the necessary resources. That's where we come in. We want to connect with our
youth and provide them the support and tools they need in order to act on
their desire to change the world, one community at a time."
The curriculum teaches students about the various forms of philanthropy and
highlights the importance of corporate social responsibility in the 21(st)
Century. Each participating school will be encouraged to identify causes in
their community that individual students, classes or entire schools can
support. Once groups have developed a strategy, they will have the opportunity
to apply for a $1,000 charitable grant from TELUS to bring their initiative to
"Growing up, my friends and I were always searching for ways we could help get
involved and make a difference in our community, but they were difficult to
find," said Craig Kielburger, founder of Free The Children. "The Give Where
you Live program will provide our schools and their students with all the
tools, information and support they ever wanted to help spark change and
support their local community, helping them to become future leaders and
In addition to launching the curriculum, TELUS and Free The Children have
commenced Give Where You Live speaking tours. The presentations and workshops
showcase Free The Children team members who will travel around B.C., and
eventually across Canada, in an effort to further inspire and empower Canadian
For more information on TELUS in our community, please visit
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading telecommunications company in
Canada, thanks to $10.8 billion in annual revenue and 13 million customer
connections, including 7.6 million wireless subscribers, 3.5 million wireline
network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers and 635,000 TELUS TV
customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services, including
wireless, data, Internet Protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members
and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to numerous charitable
and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million hours of service
to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS'
local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most
outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this
prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
For media inquiries please contact:
Liz Sauvé TELUS Media Relations (604) 719-6715 Liz.Sauve@telus.com
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