A teen party turned philanthropic in the wake of an Artemis Place Society tour. Rachel Calder, executive director at Artemis Place Society took Trinity Startek, 14, on a tour that impacted the Oak Bay teen. She and her Startek siblings subsequently turned a recent party into a treat for Artemis students.
“It really impacted me during the tour to see some of the artwork done by the teenagers at Artemis place,” said Trinity. “They have an art room there. The artwork was beautiful and each piece told a story that was deeply personal. Each art piece made my spine shiver with emotions and showed what each girl had experienced.”
The Starteks siblings opted organized a party, and asked peers from Glenlyon Norfolk School to bring items to contribute to the student rewards program. Gift cards, art supplies, fruit and vegetables for the healthy breakfast and lunches, and other items were gathered and then presented to a surprised team at Artemis Place.
“It’s amazing how many gifts I gave on behalf of my friends at GNS,” Trinity said. “It’s a wonderful feeling when you know you put a smile on someone’s face.”
Artemis Place Society runs the Artemis Young Parent Program and Artemis Place Secondary School for young women ages 15-19 who have faced challenges finding success in the public school system or who may be pregnant or parenting. Artemis provides a holistic and nurturing program including education, life-skills, counselling and childcare.
“It’s important to support teens at Artemis place because they are human just like you and me, they have emotions, feelings, and thoughts,” Trinity says. “They are working hard while also raising a child to complete their education. Each and every single person means something to someone and should deserve a chance and an opportunity to complete high school if they want to.”
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