school programs

middle years

The Meaning of Home contest, which runs from January 3 to February 18, 2022, invites Grades 4, 5 and 6 students from across Canada to submit a written poem or essay (in English or French) explaining what home means to them for a chance to win a $30,000 grant for their local Habitat for Humanity. Since 2007, over 80,000 students have participated in the Meaning of Home contest, raising over $1.7 million to build homes across Canada for families in need of decent and affordable housing. This would not be possible without these students’ inspiring words and the support of award sponsors Chapman’s Ice Cream and Urban Systems, judging sponsors Microban 24 and Face to Face games, and founding sponsor Sagen™ 1. Sagen has volunteered hundreds of hours across Canada to support the Meaning of Home Contest through judging entries, worked in collaboration to develop marketing/entry materials, as well as continuing to fund multiple aspects of the program with dedicated relationship managers.

Please contact Vernelle Mirosh for more information or to provide feedback: [email protected] or (204) 235-2407.

For more information about Meaning of home, click HERE

high schools for habitat

If you are a high school teacher, we invite you to participate in our program. Students are invited to join us on the build site in groups of 10 with one teacher/supervisor. Students must be 16 years of age to be on the build site, and commit to one full day of volunteering. If you would like further information regarding registering your school to participate in a Build Day, please contact:
Kelly Kluger at 204-235-2401 or email [email protected] 

Mission Statement
To foster the social consciousness of high school students and their communities by developing an awareness of Habitat for Humanity and encouraging cooperative involvement through educational, volunteer and fundraising opportunities.

Vision Statement
To empower students with a sense of social responsibility and to build leadership skills.

Habitat for Humanity encourages students to:

  1. Learn – Become informed about Habitat for Humanity, the need for safe and affordable housing, and sustainable development.
  2. Act – Participate cooperatively in educational, volunteerism, and fundraising opportunities and become empowered to promote awareness in communities and address social justice issues.
  3. Build – Create better communities now and in the future

If you are interested in learning more about our High Schools for Habitat program, we would be happy to provide a speaker to meet with students who are interested in volunteering