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 March 2010 - Nr. 3
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Volunteer Toronto partners with The Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration for the 3rd Annual
Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge,
April 18
th to May 9th

Starting on April 18th during National Volunteer Week and continuing through to May 9th, Volunteer Toronto and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration will be challenging 1000 Toronto youth to ChangeTheWorld through 3 hours of volunteer service. Environmental clean-up, ribbon-making for breast cancer and aids and a number of other opportunities will be available.

In its 3rd year, the Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is a partnership between the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network and local volunteer centres to provide high school youth with local opportunities to volunteer during National Volunteer Week and beyond. ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge provides the opportunity for youth to begin volunteering, grow their job skills and become a part of something greater while giving back to their communities.

“Youth volunteers are the next generation of city-builders and thought-leaders,” says Deborah Gardner, Executive Director of Volunteer Toronto. “With the job skills and experience volunteering provides, they can make a real change today while being empowered to address the needs of tomorrow.  The Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge provides a starting point for that process.”

Despite statistical evidence showing otherwise , “
The highest rates of volunteering were found among young Canadians”, ( youth are often stereotyped as disengaged with their communities.  ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge gives youth the opportunity not only to contribute to their communities and the world but the capacity to confront this misconception head on.

Volunteer Toronto will be documenting the stories of youth and the causes they aid through the challenge through social media and microsite launching March 18th, 2010.

“You can change the world. Take up this challenge and volunteer and help make your community, your province and your world a better place,” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

Starts: April 18
Ends: May 9

Across Ontario


About Volunteer Toronto

For 37 years Volunteer Toronto has been promoting volunteerism and connecting people with volunteer opportunities.  Volunteer Toronto leads and interacts along the diverse continuum of volunteer participation including: age, ethnicity, skills and abilities, source of interest and opportunity. As a destination point for information on volunteerism, Volunteer Toronto is: considered expert in volunteer trends and the resource of choice for professional support, consultation and training.


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