Teens around the city are asking the community for donations, from money to fire extinguishers, as part of a new program that promotes safe living among young low-income and immigrant families.

In collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and other sponsors, teen volunteers with Child and Youth Friendly Calgary are starting up the Home Safety Program. Kits are put together from community donations and the teens deliver them while providing information about how to keep kids safe at home.

Since many have more pressing concerns, “home safety may not make it very high on their list of priorities,” said Penny Hume of Child and Youth Friday Calgary.


Eleventh-grader Jessica Zhang, who has been with the program for a year, said they’ll be kicking off the program in July after exams, and she’s excited to work on it.

“I am an immigrant, too,” said Zhang, who moved here four years ago.
“I realize how hard it is to be an immigrant… and how important home safety is.”

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