Lauren Klassen: Saskatoon West

Lauren Klassen: Saskatoon West

Lauren Klassen is a third-year student attending the University of Saskatchewan, completing a Bachelor of Education with a major of Indigenous studies and a minor of drama. In 2014 Lauren was a recipient of the CIBC Youth Vision Scholarship which allowed her to pursue post-secondary. In 2018 she was a recipient of a Rising Youth community service grant for her project on food security. The project involved organizing a food policy workshop in classrooms where students created their own food policy’s and wrote letters to the Minister of Agriculture. The project also created a free cookbook with affordable, quick and healthy recipes. Lauren is an active member in her community who keeps busy volunteering. She has served in roles such as Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) youth ambassador, Member of Student Council for the University of Saskatchewan’s Student Union and peer mentor in the college of Education. Her passion for community stemmed when she was matched through BBBS at age six. She has been a Little Sister for 15 years and has been an in-school mentor for three years. Lauren connects with her community through art. She is a poet who has had the privilege of opening for Shane Koyczan and has competed at the youth national festival of spoken word in Toronto, Voices of Today, in 2017 and 2018. Her hope is to create community in her future classrooms so that her future students are engaged, caring citizens who strengthen their communities.