McGuinty Government Expands Program To Keep More Ontario Youth Active And
TORONTO, Aug. 13 /CNW/ -
This summer more than 4,000 young people have had access to free summer
camps, art classes and leadership clinics at area schools.
With help from the Ontario government, not-for-profit groups are offering
a variety of summer activities to keep students safe and active. The program,
called Focus on Youth, is especially important for families who have limited
access to learning and recreation opportunities when school ends for the year.
School space was offered for no charge to more than 40 community groups that
successfully applied to their local school boards.
The government launched Focus on Youth in over 100 Toronto schools in
2007. This year, Ontario expanded the program to Hamilton and Ottawa and
increased funding for the program by 50 per cent to $6 million. Hamilton
received $765,000 to give local youth fun summer learning opportunities.
Focus on Youth builds on the province's Community Use of Schools
initiative. Community Use of Schools encourages schools to be used as hubs for
learning, being active and volunteering after school hours.
"Our schools are great places to learn, and Focus on Youth gives our
students the opportunity to also use them for safe places to be active,
productive and grow as individuals over the summer months," said Minister of
Education, Kathleen Wynne.
- Studies show that children who spend 20 to 35 hours a week in
activities like sports, music and art are significantly more likely
to succeed in school.
- On average, Canadian children aged 10 to 16 spent six hours a day in
front of their TV, playing video games and/or using the computer.
- Hamilton has 152 elementary schools and 27 high schools.
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For further information:
For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public
Inquiries, (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY 1-800-263-2892