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
frequently attend.

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
the future.

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
the ground?

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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