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VIDEO: Young visionaries seek $5000 prize

Many of the best young minds in our community are working hard to make the world a better place. Later this month, they come together to show the world what they've got and to compete for a $5 thousand first prize. It's the 7th annual Sustainable Development Challenge. A winner from last year, RSS student Keneisha Charles, and Danielle Hofer from JCI Kelowna (sponsor) stopped in to tell us about an event that celebrates our city's future leaders.

"This event focuses on youth," said Hofer, "enabling them to create projects that are making an impact on the world."

Participants have already been through a vetting process and those competing receive mentorship and guidance along the way. Hofer said it prepares them to make the best of their ideas and their presentations.

"By the time the students get to that competition stage, they're ready."

Charles is thrilled to see last year's winning presentation taking shape.

"My team at Rutland Senior Secondary developed 'Take Two' which is a plastic recycling workspace," said Charles. Her project didn't just win the contest, but it's coming to fruition at RSS. "We are going to be able to recycle at least 36 percent of our school's waste effectively diverting it from landfill, by creating new items with that."

Six teams will be vying for this year's title.

The event goes February 27th at the Mary Irwin Theatre with newly elected City Councillor Loyal Wooldridge handling MC duties. Tickets are by donation, but space is limited. To reserve ahead click here.

It's organized by GECCO the Global Empowerment Coalition of the Central Okanagan and Global Citizen Events.

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