Youth take control of the environment! C-Vert youth unveil their action plan at la TOHU

    MONTREAL, April 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Saint-Michel neighbourhood
stereotypes concerning young people usually consist of violence and vandalism,
but C-Vert youth confirmed today that we should not always believe these
stereotypes! In a unique pilot-project 15 teenagers aged 14 to 17 from the
Saint-Michel neighbourhood have been thinking and acting since the Fall of
2005 on environmental issues. They presented today, Sunday, April 22 at TOHU,
an environmental action plan to decision-makers, and the public, including Mr.
Alan De Sousa, from the city of Montréal's executive committee, Ms. Anie
Samson, mayor of Villeray - Saint-Michel - Parc-Extension, Ms Diane De Courcy,
president of the Commission scolaire de Montréal's executive committee, and
the Commission Jeunesse de Gatineau. The plan confirmed that environmental
action now starts with young people!
    The action plan has three main components: public and active
transportation, green spaces and garbage reduction. "Implementing this action
plan will certainly improve the quality of the environment" said Emmanuelle
Nha Vo, one of the project participants. "We've started today with over 50
citizens and partners but there will be many more in the days to come".
    "The C-Vert youth proposals are very interesting and they are realistic
because they are based on practice and experiences" added Stephen Bronfman,
president of the Foundation. "The C-Vert pilot-project has been so successful
that we are now soliciting our partners and investors to not only fund a new
project in the borough, but also expand it to another borough this Fall."

    The C-Vert pilot project is an initiative of the Stephen R. Bronfman
Foundation and of its major partners, the City of Montréal, the Villeray -
Saint-Michel - Parc-Extension borough, the Ministère de l'Emploi et de la
Solidarité sociale and the Secrétariat à la jeunesse of the Québec government,
TOHU, la cité des arts du cirque and the YMCA of Greater Montréal.

For further information:

For further information: Michel Séguin, Stephen R. Bronfman Foundation,
(514) 878-5318, Cellular: (514) 755-5318,

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