Small Conversations for a Better World Podcast

Homeless Youth & Bootcamps for Change w/ Katie Heggtveit

January 22, 2021 Gillian McCormick, Susannah Steers Season 3 Episode 4
Small Conversations for a Better World Podcast
Homeless Youth & Bootcamps for Change w/ Katie Heggtveit
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Homelessness is a pervasive and growing problem in Canada.  It is both a cause and a consequence of many serious problems around a person's health and wellbeing. When homelessness strikes for our youth, those problems can be amplified exponentially, and can have impacts that last a lifetime.  Katie Heggtveit is the Founder and Director of Impact,  Bootcamps for Change, an organization dedicated  to improving  fitness, health, self-efficacy, confidence and employment prospects for youth living in homeless shelters. We talked to her today about  youth homelessness, and the very impressive work she's doing to make a difference. Have a listen and be inspired!

About Katie Heggtveit
Katie Heggtveit is the founder of "Bootcamps for Change" #SweatierForTheBetter, an organization that shows how fitness can break the cycle of poverty through better health and a foundation for sustainable livelihood. She’s run over 15 sold-out fitness events in Toronto, Thunder Bay, and Halifax, sharing her passions as a TEDx speaker and facilitator of entrepreneurship and homelessness workshops for thousands of high-school and post-secondary students. In 2020, she was named to The Future of Good’s Top 21 New Founders to Watch, 30 Nonprofit Founders That Will Impact the World by CauseArtist, a Top 100 Health and Fitness Influencer in Canada by OptiMYz Magazine, Emerging Leader in Ontario by the Government of Canada, and was the recipient of a national $20,000 scholarship for student leaders. She is currently pursuing her Master of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Queen’s University, and will be pursuing her DrPH. Always keen for adventure: traveling to nearly 40 countries at the age of 24 - riding camels, hiking with locals, and jumping out of airplanes!

Katie Heggtveit at TedXFailure is for the Privileged

Bootcamps for Change on Social Media

Katie Heggtveit on Instagram

Intro to Bootcamps for Change
The Mentoring Program
Youth Homelessness In Canada
Homeless Youth & Addiction
Why Fitness?
Empathy Matters
Commitment & Community Building
What is Health?