Caleb Acorn: #Rising Youth educating
boys about mental health in PEI
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Caleb Acorn and I’m a 14-year-old male from PEI. I’m the eldest
of three boys and in my spare time I act and play football.
How did you hear about #RisingYouth, and what inspired you to apply?
I heard about Rising Youth through a youth worker at a drop-in centre I
Can you explain what your project is, how you came up with it, and the
purpose of it?
I organized a retreat to educate boys on consent and mental health.
What has the reaction to your project been in your community?
It’s been amazing! My project has gotten a lot of local media attention.
Why do you think it is important for youth to be engaged in community
service initiatives like #RisingYouth?
We as youth are the next generation and we need to take responsibility for
If youth are interested in applying for a Rising Youth Community
Service Grant but don’t know where to start, where do you suggest they
find project ideas?
I would suggest that they look online for inspiration.
What have been some of the highs and lows of getting your project off
It was kind of hard to get a lot of teenagers to sign up because of the
stigma. But once we got it going, everyone bonded and learned a lot over
the course of the weekend retreat.
Any final advice or suggestions for youth who are considering
DO IT !!! You can make a difference, no matter the project.
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