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OPACC Golden Hearts Youth Council


If you are a high school student looking to give back to your community and get volunteer hours, we need you for our OPACC Golden Hearts Youth Council!


  • Get community service volunteer hours from OPACC and OPACC partner organizations

  • Be notified of new volunteer opportunities in your community

  • OPACC can promote your fundraiser, project, campaign through our network

  • Looks great on your resume for work or school/scholarships

  • References for work/school

  • Connect with other Youth Council volunteers in your community

  • Give back to the childhood cancer community and help other kids in a meaningful way

  • Option to become an OPACC Board Member at age 18 to continue your involvement more formally


Examples of how you can help:

  • At community events

  • With OPACC programs (i.e. Comfy Cases, Million Dollar Smiles, Courage Capes sewing events, Parent Liaisons in hospitals, etc.)

  • Running a childhood cancer awareness campaign at your school and/or in your community, especially in September (Childhood Cancer Awareness Month) and/or February 15th (International Childhood Cancer Day).  Some ideas include: organizing a Flag Raising or Proclamation at City Hall; doing a yellow shirt day at school; or doing morning announcements in September about childhood cancer facts

  • Doing fundraisers like organizing a Kaps4Kids event at school; selling foods or crafts at school with funds going to OPACC; putting together a fun walk; or doing a third-party fundraiser to benefit OPACC

  • Creating cards (i.e. Valentines or Christmas cards) or organizing a gift drive to distribute to kids in hospitals

  • Do chalk drawings with inspiring and/or awareness messages outside of a children's hospital or other local community centre

  • Doing a social media campaign to raise awareness about OPACC and childhood cancer like making a TikTok video, Instagram post, etc. (subject to approval)

Opportunities are available throughout Ontario. There are many ways to help out independently, with friends, teammates, and with classmates through a school club or initiative! Please note that while OPACC is happy to provide advice, resources, and help, this Youth Council is not a social club and we do not meet in-person. It is intended to be for self-directed, independent projects.

The Youth Council will be facilitated by Lisa Skinner. Lisa is an OPACC mom and Board Member, group co-facilitator for our OPACC Kitchener-Waterloo parent support group, and retired high school teacher.

You can click HERE to view the Youth Council presentation (PDF) with more information.

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