Start-Ups for School is a volunteer outreach initiative founded by two Waterloo Region startups, EnPowered and Kiiah. The initiative is an opportunity for small startups to give back to their community through outreach projects designed to help children access enriching educational experiences.

“Many tech communities in the U.S. are facing backlash from their local communities,” says Tomas van Stee, founder of participating startup, EnPowered. “We want to do our part to assist Waterloo Region tech community in building on its reputation of giving back to the local community. Creating this collective not only establishes a cohesive effort, but enables start-ups of all sizes to participate.”

The group will develop projects that will benefit the region’s children, schools, or other community organizations. Projects could include: fundraising, mentorships, educational workshops, tutoring, and more. Executed projects will be ones that the collective organization plans and selects.

The organization is gearing up for its first fundraiser with The Family and Children’s Services Foundation. Its goal is to raise CDN$5,000 for the Resilience Project, which endeavours to help children build confidence, self-esteem, and self-efficacy, factors which instill resilience. Children who develop resilience resist the effects of hardships and are able to bounce back, leading to better outcomes for them and their own children.

“Our capacity to be resilient and bear these dark periods can make a difference between break-through or break-down,” says Hayden Dent, founder of partnering startup Kiiah. “Resilience is a life skill worthy of social cultivation, especially in our youth.”

Resilience is something the local startup community is well versed in. Many founders deal with barriers and adversities daily. Without their commitment, adaptability, and perseverance, the region would look vastly different than the tech hub it now known to be.

Start-Ups for School hopes to grow in size, both in terms of participating companies and impact upon the local community.

Ways to join or help:

  • Register your company. Become a participating start-up and support this initiative.
  • Volunteer. Join as an individual: contribute your time, expertise, and participate in programs.
  • Cheer along. Show your support, follow #StartUpsforSchool

Start-Ups for School is a volunteer outreach initiative founded by two Waterloo Region startups, EnPowered and Kiiah. The collective is an opportunity for small startups to give back to their community through outreach projects designed to help children. Any startup, or someone employed by a startup, can join. The group will develop projects that will benefit the region’s children, schools, or other community organizations. Projects could include: fundraising, mentorships, educational workshops, tutoring, and more. Executed projects will be ones that the collective organization plans and selects. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/StartUpsforSchool

Communitech is a partner of Startup HERE Toronto.  This article originally appeared on their site.