TORONTO, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - Despite the fabulous sunny weather, 120
Scarborough youth chose to trade some summer fun for an educational
future by taking part in Centennial College's HYPE (Helping Youth Pursue
Education) program, sampling a rich learning experience at no cost.
The youth, aged 13 to 29 and primarily from the neighbourhoods of
Malvern, Kingston-Galloway and Scarborough Village, have been
participating in six career-oriented courses - automobile repair, food
services, child studies, office administration, business
entrepreneurship and esthetics - over the past six weeks.
For some, participating in Centennial's HYPE program is the first
positive school experience they've had in a long time. The initiative is
rooted in Toronto Mayor David Miller's Community Safety Plan, designed
to bring programming to youth living in under-serviced neighbourhoods of
Now in its seventh year, Centennial worked with local community service
agencies to identify youth who could benefit from the program. Thanks to
generous financial support from TD Canada Trust, the students were
provided with free transportation, breakfasts and lunches.
Students developed individual portfolios that included certification
earned in personal and skills development workshops, covering such
topics as financial literacy and conflict resolution. Participants also
took part in a variety of social events.
The HYPE Class of 2010 will be recognized for their achievements at a
special graduation ceremony on Thursday, August 12 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
Members of the media are cordially invited to attend the graduation and
speak with participants.
Thursday, August 12
1:30 to 3:30 pm
Student Centre at Progress Campus, Centennial College
Progress Ave. (east of Markham Rd.), Scarborough
SOURCE Centennial College
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