News: Yukonu Foundation

#GivingTuesday donations to YukonU will support hungry students

WHITEHORSE, YT — Today is #GivingTuesday and Yukon University is inviting Yukoners to interact with the university’s social media posts about today, share their personal story of gratitude or donate directly to support YukonU students in need.

YukonU President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Lesley Brown has committed to donate $1.00 for every social media interaction, gratitude story or direct donation received today up to a total of $500.

All #GivingTuesday donations will go towards emergency grocery cards for students and replenishing the Ayamdigut campus student food bank.

#GivingTuesday was created in 2012 by as a day that encourages people to do good. The idea caught on, and has grown around the world, inspiring hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Today, it manifests as a day of giving.

$22,200 in financial support available to YukonU students; Oct. 1 deadline approaches

WHITEHORSE, YT—Yukon University students can access $22,200 in financial support from generous donors, including several being offered for the very first time. Many award deadlines are October 1, with a further $24,300 available January 31.

The $500 Andrew G. Smith Scholarship for Commitment and Vision is available to full-time students enrolled in the Renewable Resources Management (RRM) or Northern Science programs. Smith graduated from the RRM program in 2015 and has since created this award for students with drive and vision to excel.

"It's important for me to give back to the program and school that has given me so much. The leaders of the workforce of tomorrow are the leaders in the classroom today, and those outstanding individuals deserve to be recognized," said Smith.

WHITEHORSE, YT—Yukon University Foundation has received $100,000 from the RBC Youth Mental Health Well-being Project to enhance student wellness initiatives.

YukonU will draw upon the newly released National Standard of Canada for Mental Health & Well-being for Post-Secondary Students to provide the framework for an integrated comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness strategy. This month, the university will form a mental health and wellness committee of students, staff, faculty and Elders to guide the design and delivery of new and expanded initiatives.

A vital first step to addressing mental health on campus is creating a climate in which people feel comfortable discussing it.