Orchard Park student, Stoney Creek Junior Citizen honouree Muneeb Muzaffar a champion for Riverdale

News May 05, 2016 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Even while making plans to move away for university, Muneeb Muzaffar remains committed to making his Riverdale neighbourhood a better place.

Muzaffar, the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce’s Junior Citizen of the Year, is laying the groundwork for other teens to continue his community building work.

The 17-year-old Orchard Park Secondary School student is helping to launch a new youth group, the Friday Night Teen Program, at the Dominic Agostino Riverdale Community Centre. And he’s continuing to take a leadership role at the Riverdale Community Salad Bowl Garden, which is preparing for its second growing season at the park adjacent to Lake Avenue Elementary School.

Muzaffar is leaning towards the Commerce program at Queen’s University in Kingston. He hopes to one day become a chief executive officer.

“I think I want to start my own organization for youth,” said Muzaffar.

As the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton’s community animator for the Riverdale Community Salad Bowl Garden, Muzaffar is now recruiting volunteers to help with the effort this summer. The garden is designed to promote food security while producing fresh produce for Riverdale-area residents.

The Friday Night Teen Program, which held its first session April 29, is centred around the tagline, Built with youth, not for youth. The program is open to teens aged 13 to 17.

Sessions run every Friday night until June 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the community centre, located at 150 Violet Dr. Each session will have a theme, which could range from resume building to just gathering to watch a Toronto Raptors game.

As Muzaffar explained, the teens themselves will determine how the programs are structured.

“It’s their program and we want them to head it up,” he said.

Anyone interested in joining the program is invited to inquire at the community centre’s front desk, or call the centre at 905-546-4284.

Along with the new teen program, Muzaffar has lined up another youth representative to carry on the Optimist Youth Basketball Tournament he founded two years ago, for 13 to 17-year-olds.

While much of his work has focused on the multicultural Riverdale neighbourhood, where an estimated 7,500 people live in an area not much larger than one square kilometre, Muzaffar has a lengthy list of high school volunteer experience.

Muzaffar has been heavily involved at his school as a member of ECHO, which stands for engagement, cooperation, helpfulness and optimism. He has also helped Grade 8 students make the transition to high school. He is active in athletics, student council, the Orchard Park leadership team, anti-bullying efforts and several other initiatives, all while currently maintaining a 94 per cent academic average.

Muzaffar has already won a YMCA Peace Medal, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Volunteer of the Year, and several other awards. He hopes his latest honour from the Stoney Creek chamber will set a positive example for other youth in his community. He will receive his award on Tuesday, May 10 during the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce’s annual Community Achievement Awards evening at Winona Vine Estates.

“It’s very humbling,” said Muzaffar. “It really just helps me reflect on the work that I’ve done and helps push me to go even further,” he said.

Orchard Park student, Stoney Creek Junior Citizen honouree Muneeb Muzaffar a champion for Riverdale

News May 05, 2016 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Even while making plans to move away for university, Muneeb Muzaffar remains committed to making his Riverdale neighbourhood a better place.

Muzaffar, the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce’s Junior Citizen of the Year, is laying the groundwork for other teens to continue his community building work.

The 17-year-old Orchard Park Secondary School student is helping to launch a new youth group, the Friday Night Teen Program, at the Dominic Agostino Riverdale Community Centre. And he’s continuing to take a leadership role at the Riverdale Community Salad Bowl Garden, which is preparing for its second growing season at the park adjacent to Lake Avenue Elementary School.

Muzaffar is leaning towards the Commerce program at Queen’s University in Kingston. He hopes to one day become a chief executive officer.

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“I think I want to start my own organization for youth,” said Muzaffar.

As the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton’s community animator for the Riverdale Community Salad Bowl Garden, Muzaffar is now recruiting volunteers to help with the effort this summer. The garden is designed to promote food security while producing fresh produce for Riverdale-area residents.

The Friday Night Teen Program, which held its first session April 29, is centred around the tagline, Built with youth, not for youth. The program is open to teens aged 13 to 17.

Sessions run every Friday night until June 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the community centre, located at 150 Violet Dr. Each session will have a theme, which could range from resume building to just gathering to watch a Toronto Raptors game.

As Muzaffar explained, the teens themselves will determine how the programs are structured.

“It’s their program and we want them to head it up,” he said.

Anyone interested in joining the program is invited to inquire at the community centre’s front desk, or call the centre at 905-546-4284.

Along with the new teen program, Muzaffar has lined up another youth representative to carry on the Optimist Youth Basketball Tournament he founded two years ago, for 13 to 17-year-olds.

While much of his work has focused on the multicultural Riverdale neighbourhood, where an estimated 7,500 people live in an area not much larger than one square kilometre, Muzaffar has a lengthy list of high school volunteer experience.

Muzaffar has been heavily involved at his school as a member of ECHO, which stands for engagement, cooperation, helpfulness and optimism. He has also helped Grade 8 students make the transition to high school. He is active in athletics, student council, the Orchard Park leadership team, anti-bullying efforts and several other initiatives, all while currently maintaining a 94 per cent academic average.

Muzaffar has already won a YMCA Peace Medal, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Volunteer of the Year, and several other awards. He hopes his latest honour from the Stoney Creek chamber will set a positive example for other youth in his community. He will receive his award on Tuesday, May 10 during the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce’s annual Community Achievement Awards evening at Winona Vine Estates.

“It’s very humbling,” said Muzaffar. “It really just helps me reflect on the work that I’ve done and helps push me to go even further,” he said.

Orchard Park student, Stoney Creek Junior Citizen honouree Muneeb Muzaffar a champion for Riverdale

News May 05, 2016 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Even while making plans to move away for university, Muneeb Muzaffar remains committed to making his Riverdale neighbourhood a better place.

Muzaffar, the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce’s Junior Citizen of the Year, is laying the groundwork for other teens to continue his community building work.

The 17-year-old Orchard Park Secondary School student is helping to launch a new youth group, the Friday Night Teen Program, at the Dominic Agostino Riverdale Community Centre. And he’s continuing to take a leadership role at the Riverdale Community Salad Bowl Garden, which is preparing for its second growing season at the park adjacent to Lake Avenue Elementary School.

Muzaffar is leaning towards the Commerce program at Queen’s University in Kingston. He hopes to one day become a chief executive officer.

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“I think I want to start my own organization for youth,” said Muzaffar.

As the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton’s community animator for the Riverdale Community Salad Bowl Garden, Muzaffar is now recruiting volunteers to help with the effort this summer. The garden is designed to promote food security while producing fresh produce for Riverdale-area residents.

The Friday Night Teen Program, which held its first session April 29, is centred around the tagline, Built with youth, not for youth. The program is open to teens aged 13 to 17.

Sessions run every Friday night until June 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the community centre, located at 150 Violet Dr. Each session will have a theme, which could range from resume building to just gathering to watch a Toronto Raptors game.

As Muzaffar explained, the teens themselves will determine how the programs are structured.

“It’s their program and we want them to head it up,” he said.

Anyone interested in joining the program is invited to inquire at the community centre’s front desk, or call the centre at 905-546-4284.

Along with the new teen program, Muzaffar has lined up another youth representative to carry on the Optimist Youth Basketball Tournament he founded two years ago, for 13 to 17-year-olds.

While much of his work has focused on the multicultural Riverdale neighbourhood, where an estimated 7,500 people live in an area not much larger than one square kilometre, Muzaffar has a lengthy list of high school volunteer experience.

Muzaffar has been heavily involved at his school as a member of ECHO, which stands for engagement, cooperation, helpfulness and optimism. He has also helped Grade 8 students make the transition to high school. He is active in athletics, student council, the Orchard Park leadership team, anti-bullying efforts and several other initiatives, all while currently maintaining a 94 per cent academic average.

Muzaffar has already won a YMCA Peace Medal, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Volunteer of the Year, and several other awards. He hopes his latest honour from the Stoney Creek chamber will set a positive example for other youth in his community. He will receive his award on Tuesday, May 10 during the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce’s annual Community Achievement Awards evening at Winona Vine Estates.

“It’s very humbling,” said Muzaffar. “It really just helps me reflect on the work that I’ve done and helps push me to go even further,” he said.