18 Local Youth Initiatives nominated for People's Choice Award of the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Online voting starts today

TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2012 /CNW/ -


Voting starts today to choose a youth-focused initiative as the People's Choice Award of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Eighteen local initiatives involving youth have been selected from among hundreds of recent OTF grants for their effectiveness and the impact on the youth served.

Anyone can vote February 13 through 29. Go to http://peopleschoice.projects.fm/home .
To decide your vote, view the videos, photos and impact stories posted by these young community builders. Vote up to five times per hour now through February 29.

All initiatives were led by or serve youth ages 13 to 18, and were selected in November by more than 300 OTF grant review team volunteers. The People's Choice Award is a new addition to the Foundation's prestigious Great Grants Awards, to be presented March 23, 2012, in Toronto. The nominee garnering the most votes will receive a day of strategic consulting, courtesy of Deloitte.

And the nominees for the Ontario Trillium Foundation People's Choice Award are:

Community Youth Initiative
Sudbury Sampo Rhythmic Gymnastics Club
Huntsville 2010 Ontario Winter Youth Games c/oTown of Huntsville
Hawkesbury 100% Actif
Bancroft Celebrate Youth Movement c/o North Hastings Community Integration Association
Brantford, Caledonia, Six Nations The Ally Stories Collaborative c/o Community Builders Youth Leadership
Waterloo Sustainable Waterloo
Hamilton Golden Horseshoe Orienteering
Niagara TALK - Teams of Adults Listening to Kids c/o Niagara Pride Support Services
Stratford Choices for Change
Blenheim, Chatham Blenheim Youth Centre
Ingersoll Fusion Youth Centre
Burlington Burlington Green Youth Network
Alliston Blue Frog Youth Enterprise c/o South Simcoe Community Information Centre
Peterborough John Howard Society of Peterborough: Successful Achievement for Fundamentals of Employment (SAFE) program
North York Big Day Out Collaborative c/o World Literacy of Canada
Sault Ste. Marie Prototlaunch c/o Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
Thunder Bay Community Arts and Heritage Education Project
Iskatewizaagegan # 39 Environmental Leadership Program c/o Junior Chief and Council of Iskatewizaagegan # 39 The Iskatewizaagegan # 39 Band Council


"It's amazing to see the impact these projects have had, and the videos and pictures posted on The People's Choice Award site tell the stories. We're excited to see the wide variety of projects and the tremendous changes these youths are having on their communities."

- Sandra Cruickshanks
  Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Ontario Trillium Foundation

A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.



SOURCE Ontario Trillium Foundation

For further information:

Alexis Mantell 1.800.263.2887 ext. 218


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