TORONTO, Feb. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - When literacy upgrading is provided for at-risk youth, it can prevent criminal activity, reduce recidivism and establish youth as active citizens in the community. (Click here for research)
On February 20th, panelists across the country representing youth, criminal justice and literacy will discuss the barriers and keys to success in incorporating literacy into youth services.
Simultaneous conferences will be held in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Halifax, with local experts sharing best practices in their fields. In addition, there will be a free, live webcast from Winnipeg moderated by David Angus, President and CEO, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and featuring Dr. Allen Benson, CEO, Native Counseling Services of Alberta; Sherry Campbell, President and CEO of Frontier College; John Domm, Chief of Police, Rama Police Service; Lisa Neufeld, Education Student, University of Winnipeg Access Program; and The Honourable Raymond Wyant, Manitoba Provincial Court Judge.
Sherry Campbell, Frontier College President and CEO, is looking forward to the forum. "In 2012, we released a discussion paper and held a forum on the positive impact that literacy supports have on youth involved in the criminal justice system. This is the next step: ensuring that literacy becomes an integral part of the services available for these youth across the country."
The forum and conferences are supported by Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, which have supported Frontier College's literacy programs since 1999.
"There can no longer be exclusions or lost generations when it comes to the right to learn and the opportunity to gain education," says Jan Belanger, Assistant Vice-President, Community Affairs for Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. "The Frontier College Forum is helping address gaps and challenges in the literacy landscape for at-risk youth and those involved in the criminal justice system. Doing so is a key step towards success and a stronger, vibrant community – a community of learning without boundaries."
For more information http://www.frontiercollege.ca/english/learn/youth_crim_justice_lit.html
About Frontier College
Frontier College is Canada's original literacy organization. Founded in 1899, this charitable organization recruits and trains volunteers to deliver literacy programs to children, youth and adults in communities across the country. Frontier College helps Canadians improve their literacy and increase their opportunities. We believe that literacy is a right.
About Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life offer a broad portfolio of financial and benefit plan solutions, and serve the financial security needs of more than 12 million people across Canada. Responsible and ethical management is an intrinsic value of the companies and is essential to long-term profitability and value creation. As an Imagine Caring Company supporting the principles of corporate citizenship and benchmarks for community investment established by Imagine Canada, the companies donate a minimum of one per cent of average pre-tax profits to non-profit, charitable and community organizations each year.
Learn more about the organization's corporate social responsibility.
SOURCE: Frontier College
For further information: Abby Robins, Director of Communications, Frontier College, [email protected] or 416-923-3591 ext. 378 (office) or 416-277-3340 (cell); Marlene Klassen, Assistant Vice-President, Communication Services, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, [email protected], Office: 204-946-7705