Ontario's Promise partners pledge $46 million in additional funding to children and youth

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Ontario's Promise partners pledge $46 million in additional funding to children and youth

Ministry of Community and Social Services

TORONTO, March 18 /CNW/ - Hundreds of partners attended the second Ontario's Promise Meeting to celebrate achievements of the past year and issued a renewed call to action to organizations across the province to become involved in programs that support children and youth.
Dr. David Foot, professor and renowned author of Boom, Bust and Echo delivered the keynote address and spoke about how changing demographics related to children and youth affect everything from education to philanthropy and volunteerism.
"It is important that we provide the current substantial Baby Boom Echo generation of young people in Ontario with the skills and opportunities to succeed in an increasingly globally competitive world," said Foot.
The Ontario's Promise Annual Report was released at the event by Ontario's Promise Chair, Mike Harris. The report details the commitment of Ontario's Promise's 450 partners.
"I'm proud to say that 100 per cent of our partners met or exceeded their commitments," said Harris. "That means hundreds of thousands of additional young people across the province had access to resources and opportunities that will enrich and enhance their lives."
Partners from across the province attended the meeting to discuss their successes with Ontario's Promise.
In one innovative partnership, Home Depot partnered with All Our Kids Playpark to build a playground in Newmarket. The project was accomplished through numerous financial and in-kind donations with hundreds of volunteers building a playground for young people in Newmarket. The success of the Newmarket program has prompted Home Depot to replicate the project across the country.
The impact of Ontario's Promise has prompted another province to start their own similar provincial initiative. Alberta's Promise will be launched this spring and representatives attended the Ontario's Promise meeting to learn more about the initiative.
"Ontario's Promise believes that good ideas don't stop at borders, and we couldn't agree more. The success of Ontario's Promise prompted our government to launch its own provincial initiative," said Douglas Goss, co-chair of Alberta's Promise. "The work of the partners in Ontario has provided us with tremendous examples of the great things that can be accomplished through intersectoral partnerships. We look forward to having a similar level of success."
Copies of the Ontario's Promise Annual Report can be viewed online at www.ontariospromise.com

About Ontario's Promise:
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Ontario's Promise brings corporations, organizations, foundations, and non-profit agencies together to make and keep five promises to the province's young people. Each promise focuses on the fundamental elements that are essential to the successful development of children and youth: a healthy start; an adult who cares; safe places to learn and grow; the tools to succeed; and a chance to make a difference. It was launched by former Premier Mike Harris in November 2000.

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For more information visit www.ontariospromise.com
For further information: Lisa Joyce, Ontario's Promise, (416) 327-1114