Media Invitation - HYPE program delivers free college training to east-end youth this summer

    TORONTO, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - Youth from the east-end Toronto neighbourhoods of
Malvern, Kingston-Galloway and Scarborough Village have been given a new
perspective on education, thanks to a tuition-free summer training program at
Centennial College.
    Approximately 100 young people aged 13 to 29 have been participating in
six-week training classes in automobile repair, food service, child studies,
office administration, business entrepreneurship and physical education. Their
graduation ceremony will take place on Thursday, August 7 from 1:30 to
3:30 pm.
    For some, participating in Centennial's HYPE (Helping Youth Pursue
Education) program this summer is the first positive school experience they've
had in a long time. The initiative is rooted in Toronto Mayor David Miller's
Community Safety Plan, designed to bring programming to "at-risk" youth in
under-serviced areas of the city.
    Now in its fifth year, the summer training program was retooled to
include office administration, child studies and physical education for the
first time. Centennial worked with local community service agencies to
identify youth who could benefit from the programming. In addition to the
tuition-free courses, the college provided transportation, textbooks,
breakfasts and lunches at no cost to the participants.
    Thanks to a generous grant from the Youth Challenge Fund ($450,000 over
three years), private donations and First Generation funding from the Ministry
of Training, Colleges and Universities, the program has been expanded to
include more mentors and additional employability and life skills training.
    Students will receive a Centennial certificate of completion for their
work. The college has expanded its bursary program, allowing 30 participants
to benefit from a $2,500 bursary when they enrol in full-time studies at
Centennial this fall.
    Media are cordially invited to attend the graduation and speak with

    Date:        Thursday, August 7
    Time:        1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
    Location:    Centennial HP Science and Technology Centre
                 755 Morningside Ave. (at Ellesmere), Scarborough

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Mark Toljagic, Communications
Officer, (416) 289-5000, ext. 7142, cell (416) 605-6012,

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