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- Local High School Students Come Together in Cobourg to Fight Poverty -

(NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY) – A group of local high school students is working to address a troubling reality in Northumberland County.

Students from seven high schools in Northumberland will gather in Cobourg next Tuesday (May 13) to plan strategies on how they can take action against poverty and homelessness. The students, who call themselves S.T.O.P. Northumberland (Students Together Opposing Poverty), include representatives from Trinity College School in Port Hope, Cobourg DCI West, Cobourg DCI East, St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School in Cobourg, Port Hope High School, Campbellford District High School and East Northumberland Secondary School in Brighton.The event, organized by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, takes place as follows:

  • WHAT: Students Together Opposing Poverty (S.T.O.P.) Planning Conference
  • WHEN: Tuesday, May 13, 9 am to 2 pm
  • WHERE: Cobourg District Collegiate Institute West (135 King St. W.)

(NOTE TO MEDIA: Members of the media are invited to attend for photo and interview opportunities)

“Poverty affects so many people in Northumberland,” says Kristina Nairn, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “That is why it’s amazing to see the leadership, enthusiasm and commitment shown by these young people. By sharing ideas and taking action against poverty in their schools and communities, they can help spark change for the better.”

The May 13 planning conference builds on the momentum started at an initial youth poverty workshop held last fall in Port Hope. According to Nairn, the upcoming conference will look at the anti-poverty initiatives that students would like to carry out at their individual schools, as well as what S.T.O.P. Northumberland can do collectively on a county-wide basis. Plans are also in the works to organize a larger poverty action workshop for youth next fall.

This initiative comes in the wake of a status report, entitled Impact of Poverty on Families in Northumberland, which was released by the Northumberland Poverty Reduction Action Committee in April 2014. Among its key findings, the report estimates more than 12 per cent of Northumberland residents live in poverty.


For media inquiries, contact:

Kristina Nairn, Public Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, ext. 1252.

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