Media Invitation - Scarborough youth believe in HYPE

    TORONTO, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - Choosing to sacrifice some summer fun for an
educational future, some 150 local youth joined Centennial College's
celebrated HYPE (Helping Youth Pursue Education) program to sample a rich
learning experience at no cost to them.
    The youth, aged 13 to 29, primarily from the Scarborough neighbourhoods
of Malvern, Kingston-Galloway and Scarborough Village, have been participating
in six career-oriented courses - in automobile repair, food services, child
studies, office administration, business entrepreneurship and esthetics - over
the past six weeks.
    For some, participating in Centennial's HYPE 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 youth living in under-serviced neighbourhoods of the
    Now in its sixth year, Centennial worked with local community service
agencies to identify youth who could benefit from the programming. Thanks to a
large grant from Michael Clemons' Youth Challenge Fund ($450,000 over three
years), the students were provided with free transportation, textbooks,
breakfasts and lunches.
    A generous grant from TD Bank Financial Group allowed HYPE to expand this
year to include more participants and mentors, as well as additional training
opportunities. Students developed individual portfolios that included
certification earned in personal and skill development workshops, such as
"financial literacy," presented by volunteer staff from TD Canada Trust.
Participants also took part in a variety of social events.
    The HYPE Class of 2009 will be recognized for their achievements at a
special graduation ceremony on Thursday, August 13 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Media
are cordially invited to attend the graduation and speak with participants.
Last year, 25 participants went on to enrol in full-time studies at

    Date:     Thursday, August 13
    Time:     1:30 to 3:30 pm
    Location: Centennial College Student Centre at Progress Campus
              941 Progress Ave. (east of Markham Rd.), Scarborough

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

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