WHITEHORSE, July 13, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment from the Government of
Canada will allow young people in Canada's North to take part in
leadership development and career e-mentoring while getting involved in
their communities and learning about their country. Support for the
DreamCatcher Mentoring (DCM) Program was announced today by Ryan Leef,
Member of Parliament (Yukon), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
With this support, 400 northern youth aged 14 to 30 will begin a
dialogue with mentors. These 400 young people will be exposed to
Canadians professionals and given examples of potential career avenues
in the rest of Canada, while also incorporating local values and local
opportunities that reflect the reality of Yukon careers, history, and
heritage. Mentors will gain awareness and knowledge about Canada's
North and its people.
"We are proud to invest in successful, affordable programs that give our
young people the chance to learn about what makes us Canadian," said
Minister Moore. "By supporting initiatives like the DreamCatcher
Mentoring Program, our Government is delivering on its commitment to
strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage."
"Our Government is pleased to support this project that will give young
Canadians the opportunity to develop their confidence and skills and
make them more inclined to stay in school and further pursue their
education and aspirations," said Mr. Leef. "Through this experience,
they will become aware of the importance of being active and engaged
citizens who contribute to our country and its future."
"DreamCatcher Mentoring believes that empowering youth and providing
self-directed and high-quality mentorship will give students the
confidence, leadership, and skills needed to create attainable goals,
complete their education, and work towards their dreams and
aspirations," said Josh Silvertown, Executive Director for DreamCatcher
Mentoring. "With the support from the Government of Canada, 300 youth
from across Canada's three territories will take part in a quality
e-mentoring and leadership program that connects them one-on-one with
Canadian mentors who work in the students' aspired career of choice. An
additional 100 students will be engaged through hands-on in-class
workshops facilitated by DCM Mentors. DCM has been offering e-mentoring
programming to northern Canadian youth since 2005, and is seeing
results in curbing high school graduation drop-out rates by bridging
the geographic, cultural, and education gaps in Canada."
Canadian Heritage invests more than $80 million each year in youth
programming to allow more than 100,000 young people across Canada to
learn about and experience their country.
The Government of Canada is providing funding of $80,000 through the Youth Take Charge program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides
opportunities for young Canadians to become involved in a range of
activities designed to strengthen their attachment to Canada through
active engagement in their communities.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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