Katimavik - Response to Federal Budget Announcement

MONTREAL, March 31, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Katimavik strongly supports the government's commitment to Youth Service in Canada, as set out in the 2016 Federal Budget.

The government is investing in the development of 21st century citizenship and skills for youth, and investing in communities, through youth community volunteer service.

Katimavik has a proven track record in the delivery of youth-focused programming. Our proposal to the government for the re-launch of the national core program builds on our ability to deliver on its stated priorities.

"Katimavik's national core program is uniquely comprehensive, now featuring working toward real reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth as a core feature," said Willy Fournier, Chairperson of Katimavik's Board of Directors. "Katimavik youth will become leaders in reconciliation, for future generations."

In addition to youth community service, employment skills and active reconciliation, the national core program develops in youth an appreciation of cultural and geographic diversity, civic responsibility, eco-stewardship, teamwork, entrepreneurship and communications for a changing economy.

Katimavik will also continue to pursue its partnership with Indigenous organizations and governments to support their programs for Indigenous Youth in Transition, and to enhance its programming initiatives for youth emerging from government care.  These programs involve full support from Katimavik's post-secondary partners.

"We look forward to continuing consultations and partnership with the Federal Government to leverage Katimavik's proven track record to deliver value to Canada's youth and communities," Mr. Fournier said.

Background

Katimavik offers learning through volunteer service programs for young Canadians looking for a unique experience that enables them to make positive change in their lives and in communities. Katimavik is a not-for-profit organization that has over 38 years of experience crafting and implementing intensive and impactful life-changing programs that address community needs. Since its foundation in 1977, more than 35,000 young Canadians have participated in Katimavik programs and developed valuable, transferable employment skills. Katimavik programs focus on the development of lifelong personal, professional and social competencies in the areas of civic engagement, autonomous living, healthy lifestyle and environmental stewardship.

Katimavik has a proven track record in youth programming and in community development. Katimavik can help communities by putting its tremendous programming expertise to address very real issues identified by you. We can work together to offer youth opportunities to bring change to life.

Our programs make a real difference in the lives of the youth that participate and in the communities where they volunteer.

SOURCE Katimavik Services Jeunesse

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For further information: Saga Williams - vice chair of Katimavik Board of director, sagateh@hotmail.com, 514 868-0898, www.katimavik.org

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