school programs

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

middle years

Educational Resources
We are pleased to be able to offer the following educational resources:

  • A Lesson plan (PDF, 386 KB) for Middle Years classes to build models of Habitat homes in Canada, and around the world and to learn what materials are required to build a home.
  • Grades 4-6 Writing Contest
    Students across Canada are invited to submit a poem or essay explaining what home means to them.  Visit www.meaningofhome.ca  for more information on the Meaning of Home Writing Contest.  For every entry, $10 will be donated to their local Habitat.  Three grand prize winners (one from each grade) will receive $30,000 grants to be directed to local Habitat builds of the winners’ choice.  Three runners-up (one from each grade) will receive $10,000 grants to be directed towards local Habitat builds of the winners’ choice.   In addition to the $30,000 grants, the contest grand prize winners will each receive an iPad and a class pizza party. Runners-up will each receive an electronic tablet and a class pizza party, in addition to the $10,000 grants.
  • Grade 3 – 4: There are a variety of books that you may find useful to launch further discussions or activities in your class. Click here (PDF, 61.5 KB) for more information.
  • Grades 3 – 8: Habitat can visit your school, or your classroom to do a presentation on Habitat for Humanity. To schedule someone to come to your school and present information about Habitat for Humanity, please call Vernelle Mirosh at (204) 235-2407 or email [email protected].
  • Have your Middle Years students create Word Clouds. Supporting your English or French language curriculum and Art curriculum, as a class you may choose one theme, or have students select which theme interests them the most. A word cloud can fill the entire page or depict a shape. In the above examples, students created word clouds for Habitat for Humanity and altruism. For Habitat for Humanity, the student took words associated with Habitat and arranged them in the shape of a hammer. For altruism, words are arranged to convey two hands reaching for each other.

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



Over 10,200 students entered this year’s Meaning of Home contest, which sets a new record. There are three grand prize winners, one from each grade, who have won a $30,000 grant towards a local Habitat for Humanity build. Nine runners up have won a $10,000 grant towards their local Habitat. Each student entry also earned a $10 donation for their local Habitat. During a time when many local Habitats are struggling with the financial impact from COVID-19 on their operations, this contest helped raise over $280,000. These much-needed funds will go towards building homes for families in need of a safe and secure place to call home.

Grand prize winners

The Grade 6 grand prize winner is Nyra Calamiong, from Toronto, Ontario, who is directing her grant to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity GTA. Click here to read Nyra’s winning poem: “My Home is the Most Important Place to Me”.

Nathan Papps is the Grade 5 grand prize winner, from Victoria, British Columbia. His grant will be directed to Habitat for Humanity Victoria. Click here to read Nathan’s winning poem: “Where the Heart Lives”.

Ines Casanova, from Toronto, Ontario, is the Grade 4 grand prize winner and will be directing her $30,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity GTA. Click here to read Ines’ winning poem “Home: The endless possibilities”.

“Reading through these students’ entries about what home means to them is very inspiring,” said Julia Deans, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “A decent and affordable place to call home is something too many Canadians don’t have. And the importance of being able to have a secure and safe home to live in has never been clearer as it is during these challenging times.”

The Meaning of Home contest would not be possible without the generous support of founding sponsor, Genworth Canada.

“I’d like to congratulate each of the contest winners and thank all the students who submitted entries on what home means to them. Since 2007, the Meaning of Home contest has been empowering youth to become engaged and compassionate members of the community while educating them on the importance of affordable housing. We’re proud to be a founding sponsor of this initiative,” said Stuart Levings, President and CEO, Genworth Canada.

In addition to the support of founding sponsor Genworth Canada, the Meaning of Home contest would not have been possible without the support of awards sponsor, Revera Inc. and judging sponsor, The Silver Hotel Group.

To read all the winning entries, please visit meaningofhome.ca/winners-2020/.

Home
By Tiana, Grade 4
Gilbert Plains Elementary School
From Gilbert Plains, Manitoba
A Home For Me
By Cortez, Grade 5
Sun Valley Elementary School
From Winnipeg, Manitoba

Runners up – Grade 4

Tiana SankoGilbert Plains, ManitobaHabitat for Humanity Manitoba
Lake SeverinKingsville, OntarioHabitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex
Christopher ValdesToronto, OntarioHabitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area

Runners up – Grade 5

Mehtab CheemaEdmonton, AlbertaHabitat for Humanity Edmonton
Alice HopkinsComox, British ColumbiaHabitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North
Cortez RiveraHeadingley, ManitobaHabitat for Humanity Manitoba

Runners up – Grade 6

Siena Hopkins-PrestPeterborough, OntarioHabitat for Humanity Peterborough and Kawartha Region
Emily PhillipsLondon, OntarioHabitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario
Natalie ZhouRichmond Hill, OntarioHabitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area

2020 Habitat for Humanity Scholarship Application

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