City of Toronto brings youths together to find and celebrate their "Cause"

    TORONTO, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - Today, at Nathan Phillips Square, the Toronto
Youth Cabinet (TYC) hosted "The Cause," an annual event designed to motivate
youth to get involved in their communities through dedicating volunteer time
to their "cause." The event, organized in partnership with the Manifesto
festival of Music and Art, focused on encouraging volunteerism and celebrated
the work of Toronto's youth being done in their diverse communities.
    "The City of Toronto is dedicated to fostering strong community
relationships and our support of events such as 'The Cause' ensures that our
great City will benefit from socially engaged and mobilized youth," said Mayor
David Miller. "Through 'The Cause,' the Toronto Youth Cabinet serves a vital
role in providing the young people of Toronto with positive alternatives and
opportunities through education and community involvement."
    The day included an Expo where community groups hosted information booths
featuring volunteer opportunities that included leadership programs, violence
prevention, artistic expression, recreation, employment, social justice,
activism and education.
    The day also included a showcase of up and coming artists. Hosted by Mz.
B, performers included the Remix project, Beatz to da Streetz and the San
Romanoway Revitalization Program. The line-up also featured hip-hop, dance,
drumming and R&B and included Linda Luztono, Rated X, Trish, DJ Soulchild and
Ryouko Entertainment.
    All performers and TYC volunteers wore t-shirts silk-screened with an
empty box and used fabric markers to indicate their chosen cause. Via their
t-shirts, TYC members and volunteers sent a message to audience members and
decision makers about the various issues and causes they deemed important.

    The Toronto Youth Cabinet (TYC) is an advocacy organization which strives
to improve the quality of life for Toronto's youth. In working together with
Toronto City Councillors and through fostering partnerships among youth
organizations, the TYC is dedicated to providing young people with a forum for
building an equitable, youth-friendly Toronto.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality,
innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government
is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Nayani Thiyagarajah, Director of
Special Events (TYC), (647) 898-9718,

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