TORONTO, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Actua, a national charitable organization
providing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
programs to 225,000 youth annually, launched its newest initiative
"Mining Minds" at York University on June 8, 2013. The program is
designed to educate young people about Canada's geology and mineral
resources, while promoting the mining industry and related career
Canada is a leader in the competitive global mining industry. As world
economies continue to grow so does the demand for Canada's mining
expertise and the next generation of skilled workers. "Mining Minds"
programs will be rolled out in communities across the country during
the summer of 2013, engaging approximately 30,000 youth with a focus on
those living in rural and remote areas where mines are located.
The launch at York University, a program member of Actua, on June 8,
2013 included a demonstration of drilling activities where over 40
youth engineered their own drill bits to explore and extract minerals.
"Mining Minds" industry partners providing mentoring and financial
support include: GE Canada, a long-time Actua Cornerstone partner,
Kinross Gold Corporation, Vale, Sabina Gold & Silver Corp., Glencore,
MMG Ltd., and Major Drilling Group International Inc.
"We are very pleased to partner with post-secondary institutions and
industry to create a program that is highly relevant and in-demand
across Canada. Investing in outreach programs prepares the next
generation of youth to participate fully in future economic development
opportunities," says Jennifer Flanagan, President and CEO of Actua.
"Actua has a 20-year track record of delivering engaging, interactive
science, technology, engineering and math programs to youth across
Canada," said Elyse Allan, President and CEO GE Canada. "Exposure to
real-life scenarios and training in a fun environment allows youth to
imagine what it would be like to have careers in the mining industry."
Workshop sessions and day camps are offered by undergraduate students in
science, engineering and technology fields from universities across
Canada. The students bring their knowledge and enthusiasm to the
program, acting as mentors for the youth they reach.
Industry Partner Quotes:
"Responsible mining is central to Kinross' business philosophy, and we
are pleased to support an education program that encourages our youth
to take the lead in the responsible management of our mineral
resources." Ed Opitz, Vice President Corporate Responsibility at
Kinross Gold Corporation.
MMG is proud to support the 'Mining Minds' initiative as part of the
development of the next generation of employees and decision-makers in
the minerals sector. Ensuring that the youth of Canada are equipped
with knowledge of one the country's key industries is an important
long-term investment," said Mr Sahba Safavi, Project Manager - Canada.
"Major Drilling is happy to support Actua and to partner in developing a
drilling program, in order to help educate Canadian youth about our
industry." said Robin Sauvé Marketing Director Major Drilling
Actua is a registered charity with a twenty-year track record of success
in providing hands-on, interactive education enrichment experiences in
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to Canadian
youth aged 6 to 16 years. Our strength is the scope of our national
reach and geographic footprint. We deliver programming in every
province and territory, reaching 225,000 young Canadians in 450-500
communities nationwide each year, including over 30,000 Aboriginal
youth. Actua invests heavily in breaking down barriers to science
literacy and is a national leader in the development and delivery of
customized programming for Aboriginal youth, girls, underprivileged
youth, and youth living in remote and inner city communities.
Actua's mission is to provide life-changing experiences in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) so that ALL youth can be
inspired to achieve their potential and fulfill their critical role in
Image with caption: "Launch of Actua's new "Mining Minds" program at York University (CNW Group/Actua) (CNW Group/General Electric Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130610_C6803_PHOTO_EN_27817.jpg
SOURCE: General Electric Canada Inc.
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