Government of Canada supports leadership development for disadvantaged women in the GTA

    TORONTO, June 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The federal government is proud to
provide support to a project that will help women of African and Caribbean
backgrounds living in high-risk neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area.
The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), made the
announcement today.

    The Black Youth Helpline, a Toronto-based non-profit organization, will
receive $197,306 over 36 months for its project entitled Empowering Women:
Leadership Development for Parents of Complex-Needs Youth, which will help 120
disadvantaged women to:

    -  gain enhanced awareness to identify issues affecting them, develop
       action plans to address their needs, gain access to services and
       further opportunities to develop leadership skills; and
    -  develop enhanced skills in parenting, life management, family
       leadership and citizenship skills, and increased ability to integrate
       into Canadian society.

    "This project focuses on our Government's priority issues of women's
safety and leadership, reaching out, in particular, to young African-Canadian
women in the Toronto region," Minister Guergis said. "Through information,
training, mentorship and networking, this project will empower these women to
participate more actively in society and contribute more fully to their
    "By empowering these young women, the Black Youth Helpline will also
reach out to their families, friends and other community members, as
participants share their knowledge and experiences gained from the project,"
said Ms. Olga Semple, Chairperson of the Black Youth Helpline.
    Funding for the Empowering Women: Leadership Development for Parents of
Complex-Needs Youth project comes from the Women's Community Fund of the
Women's Program of Status of Women Canada.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
equality for women and their full participation in the economic, social and
democratic life of Canada.

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For further information:

For further information: Sherine Mansour, Director, Communications,
Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women), (819) 956-4000; Nanci-Jean
Waugh, Director General, Communications and Strategic Planning, Status of
Women Canada, (613) 995-7839

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