Sault Ste. Marie community box fort
This project was to create a large box fort for visitors to explore and paint made from donated materials. The project goal was to market Youth Odena by creating a symbol of our mission by bringing together our community to build a youth-dedicated space.
To make the project a success I completed many tasks, including but not limited to the following:
Writing donation solicitation letters
Arranging cardboard box pick-ups
Preparing marketing materials
Conducting social media marketing
Creating a webpage for the project
Coordinating with local media outlets for interviews
Assisting fort visitors with acquiring paints and answering inquiries
Disassembling the box fort and folding boxes for recycling
Mailing thank you letters to our donors
This project garnered local media coverage for YO, including a retweet of the article by our mayor.
SSMART Innovation Awards 2017
Youth Odena was awarded this honour for our Summer of Growth campaign and the website and social media platform I developed and maintained for the campaign.
While the website is now disabled you can watch InnovationSSM's video showcasing the 2017 winners here. I speak about the project at the 12-minute mark.
"The SSMARt Innovation Awards honours companies and influential individuals for their innovative contributions to the science and technology sectors within the Algoma Region and for their use of science and technology in innovative ways, making a positive economic, cultural, or social impact within the community.
This award acknowledges an individual, organization or collective who has demonstrated leadership and innovation that has had a significant social, cultural or environmental impact in their community. The social innovator of the year will have used science and/or technology and/or agriculture (which may include software, digital applications, equipment, products, social media etc.) as a catalyst for positive change. This can be in the form of entrepreneurship and/or community initiatives and covers both non-profit and for-profit sectors.
Social entrepreneurship is defined as the use of the techniques by start-up companies and other entrepreneurs or innovators to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues." - InnovationSSM