TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - Youth living in the east-end Toronto
neighbourhoods of Malvern, Kingston-Galloway and Scarborough Village have been
given a new outlook on life, thanks to a tuition-free summer training program
at Centennial College.
Approximately 115 young people aged 13 to 29 have been participating in
six-week training classes in audio recording, video production, automotive
clinic, computer repair, food service and business entrepreneurship. The group
will be graduating on Thursday, August 16 at 1:30 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 parts of the city.
Now in its fourth year, the summer training program was retooled to
include business entrepreneurship 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 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 neighborhood youth, more courses, mentors and additional
employability and life skills training.
Students will receive a Centennial certificate of completion for their
work. Some 22 participants have already enrolled in college this fall, making
them eligible for a $2,500 bursary. Contributions and donations are greatly
appreciated; please call 416-289-5000, ext. 5148.
Media are cordially invited to attend the graduation ceremony.
Date: Thursday, August 16
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,