Enrich your
potential

Nurturing volunteers

Empowering
youth to grow

Formerly GEOMEER Charitable Society, we’re now Social Engagement, Empowerment and Development Society (SEEDS).

Across Edmonton, for nearly a decade, we’ve mentored high school and university volunteers to grow into capable, empathetic leaders. Through our initiatives, Helping Hampers and Suit Up, we’re nurturing youth into their full potential.

Our Projects

40,000+

youth
volunteers

$1M

donations
raised

23

schools &
businesses
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Helping Hampers

Every holiday season, we partner with schools and businesses across Edmonton to create hampers for dozens of local families in need.

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Suit Up

During the back to school season, for families in need, we fund and organize a shopping spree at Old Navy.

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Community Leadership Awards

Every year, SEEDS awards scholarships to student-volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to their community. These Student Community Leadership Awards are divided into 3 categories: High School ($1,000), Post-Secondary ($1,500), and Post-Secondary with Distinction ($2,000).

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Helping Hampers

The joy of a helping hand

Our Helping Hampers volunteers develop their leadership skills while providing support to families during the holiday season.  We campaign, organize, and deliver hampers worth over $2,000, containing donations of food, cleaning products, toiletries, and gifts.

Current partners

  • Vimy Ridge Academy
  • McKernan School
  • Harry Ainlay High School
  • Queen Elizabeth High School
  • Harry Ainlay High School
  • Mount Royal School
  • Dr. Donald Massey School
  • Eastglen High School
  • Edmonton Christian High School
  • J. Percy Page High School
  • Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School
  • Vernon Barford Jr. High
  • W.P. Wagner High School
  • M.E. LaZerte High School
  • Victoria School of the Arts
  • Jasper Place High School
  • Lillian Osborne School
  • KPMG
  • Old Navy
  • RVX Factor
  • The Way In
  • McNally High School
  • Golden Bears Football – University of Alberta
  • Caernarvon

The Helping Hampers project runs September through December. If you, your school, and/or your business is interested in participating in this project, please contact the Mentorship Coordinator MentorshipCoordinator@geomeer.ca

Suit Up

Start school with confidence

Through Suit Up, students-in-need are given gift cards for back to school shopping at Old Navy. SEEDS volunteers and Old Navy staff help students with their personal shopping experience. This sets students up for success in their upcoming school year.

Current partners

  • Old Navy
  • Edmonton Public School Board
  • The Way In

Do you make a difference in your community? SEEDS wants to support you.

Every year, SEEDS awards scholarships to student-volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to their community. These Student Community Leadership Awards are divided into 3 categories: High School ($1,000), Post-Secondary ($1,500), and Post-Secondary with Distinction ($2,000).

 

Eligibility Criteria: Individuals nominated for the SEEDS Student Community Leadership Awards must meet each of the following criteria. Please note, these criteria establish eligibility for the awards and meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee that the nominee will receive the award.

 

1. Enrollment:

High School Awards: To be eligible for a SEEDS High School Student Leader Scholarship, the nominee must be in their first year of study at a recognized post-secondary educational institution who has significantly contributed to a charitable campaign during their final year of high school.

Post-Secondary: To be eligible for a SEEDS Post-Secondary Student Leader Scholarship, the nominee must be a student at a recognized post-secondary educational institution who has significantly contributed to a community charitable campaign.

 

2. Community Contribution:

High School Awards: The nominee must have significantly contributed to the coordination of a charitable campaign in their school under the direction of a supervisor (teacher or otherwise). During the campaign, the nominee must have demonstrated exceptional communication skills, creativity, and dedication to their community.

Post-Secondary: The nominee must have significantly contributed to the coordination of a youth charitable campaign, directly supervising youth (high-school aged or younger). During the campaign, the nominee must have demonstrated exceptional communication skills, creativity, and dedication to their community

Senior Post-Secondary: The nominee must have significantly contributed to the coordination of a youth charitable campaign, directly supervising youth.

 

3. Time of Contribution:

All Awards: The contributions of the nominee must have occurred within two years prior to the application.

 

5. Evidence of Post-Secondary Enrollment:

All Awards: The nominee must provide a tuition receipt from a recognized post-secondary educational institution.

 

How to apply: Nominations are to be completed by a direct supervisor of the nominee. To nominate someone, please use the following form: https://forms.gle/mDRSHF1YZJk4DkvR7

Additionally, the supervisor is to write a short letter/essay of nomination to the Selection Committee. This letter should describe the nominee’s charitable activity, addressing each of the nomination eligibility requirements explicitly and providing the Selection Committee with any additional relevant information about the nominee. Completed nominations can be sent to mentorshipcoordinator@theseedsociety.ca. The 2019 award competition is open for applications on August 13th, 2019, and the deadline for nominations is August 20th, 2019

Nominees need not be members of SEEDS, family members of members of SEEDS, or family members of members of the Selection Committee.

 

 

 

Unleash your inner leader

Volunteer
with us

We’re always looking for passionate, enthusiastic volunteers who want to make a difference.

 

Benefits:

  • Help over 70 local families in need
  • Attend Youth Leadership Conference with keynote speeches and sessions from community leaders
  • Gain valuable project management and leadership skills for future careers
  • Apply for SEEDS Leadership Scholarship for your contribution to projects
  • Receive reference letter outlining volunteer hours and key achievements

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Volunteer with us

Submit your application and our Mentorship Coordinator will reach out if you're a fit.