McGuinty Government Providing Work Experience In High Needs
WINDSOR, ON, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - About 190 youth from high needs
neighbourhoods will get valuable work experience this summer thanks to
employment programs funded by the McGuinty government.
"These are more than summer jobs," said Children and Youth Services
Minister Deb Matthews. "We're giving these young people opportunities and
supports they might not normally have to gain real work experience and
contribute to their communities."
"This announcement gives youth in Windsor an opportunity to explore
options for their future," said Sandra Pupatello, MPP for Windsor West. "Our
government believes that the province's future leaders deserve the chance to
see what they can become."
Funding of approximately $578,000 is being provided to two job programs:
- Summer Jobs for Youth
This eight-week program will provide young people, ages 15 to 18, with
job skills and experience.
- Youth in Policing Initiative
This eight-week program will provide 10 youth, ages 14 to 17, with a
chance to work with the Windsor Police Service in a variety of areas,
including information technology, forensic identification, community
events and traffic safety.
These opportunities are available to youth in Sandwich and City Centre in
the west and the Drouillard Road and Forest Glade areas in the east.
Youth in these communities are also benefiting from the services of five
Youth Outreach Workers who work year-round as mentors and advocates for
hard-to-reach youth. Outreach workers meet youth in the places they hang out
to make sure they know about the wide range of programs and services
available. Funding of approximately $285,000 supports this program.
In Windsor, the Summer Jobs for Youth program and the Youth Outreach
Workers program are coordinated by New Beginnings. For more information about
these programs, contact New Beginnings at (519) 971-0973.
"These jobs are giving some of our most vulnerable young people the
confidence to pursue their dreams so they can look forward to a brighter
future," said Bill Marra, Executive Director of New Beginnings.
These programs are part of a $28.5 million investment over the first
three years to provide opportunities for youth in high needs neighbourhoods
across the province. The programs are provided in Toronto, Durham, London,
Windsor, Hamilton, Ottawa and Thunder Bay.
The Ministry of Children and Youth Services also manages a website -
YouthConnect.ca - that helps answer questions about getting a job, health,
education, bullying, and getting involved in the community.
Other Ontario government summer employment programs are listed at
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For further information:
For further information: Stephanie Kupiec, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3394; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416)