McGuinty Government Supporting High Needs Neighbourhoods
TORONTO, April 1 /CNW/ -
Ontario will help approximately 850 youth this summer from high needs
Toronto neighbourhoods gain valuable work experience.
Approximately $5.3 million is being invested to help support Toronto
youth through summer job programs, youth outreach workers and school-based
programs to help youth in conflict with the law.
Ontario's Youth Opportunities Strategy will help youth, especially young
people in high needs neighbourhoods who may not always have the same
opportunities as other teenagers, gain confidence and skills in the workplace.
One hundred of these exciting opportunities will be with the Toronto
Police Service in areas such as the forensic and traffic safety units.
As part of the strategy, thirty-five youth outreach workers are helping
hard-to-reach young people.
"These are much more than summer jobs," said Children and Youth Services
Minister Deb Matthews. "We're giving these young people the chance to make a
positive contribution to their communities and the opportunity to explore
options for their future."
"The Toronto Police Service will once again enjoy success with the Youth
in Policing Initiative," said Police Chief Bill Blair. "This program continues
to provide an invaluable experience for both my officers and our young
QUICK FACTSLast year, through Ontario's Youth Opportunity Strategy:
- Almost 1,800 summer jobs were created in Toronto, Durham, Windsor,
Ottawa, London, Hamilton and Thunder Bay. 159 youth were employed
with police services.
- 62 youth outreach workers helped youth across the province.
- More than 3000 youth participated in school-based programs to help
youth in conflict with the law.LEARN MORE
Check out other Ontario government summer job programs
Learn more about Tropicana Community Services
(http://www.tropicanacommunity.org/) and the Toronto Police Service
(http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/) that help deliver the programs in Toronto.
Youthconnect.ca (http://www.youthconnect.ca/) is a one-stop source for
useful information and government services for youth.-------------------------------------------------------------------------
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For further information: Stephanie Kupiec, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3394; Anne Machowski-Smith, Media Office, (416) 325-5156