Summer Job Programs A Success In Hamilton

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Summer Job Programs A Success In Hamilton

Part Of McGuinty Government Strategy To Provide More Opportunities For Youth HAMILTON, ON, Aug. 30 - One hundred and ninety-eight youth from underserved communities in Hamilton have successfully completed summer job placements as part of the McGuinty government's Summer Jobs for Youth Program and Youth in Policing Initiative, MPP for Hamilton West Judy Marsales announced today on behalf of Minister of Children and Youth Services Mary Anne Chambers. "During the past two months, these young men and women have demonstrated that they are eager to learn new skills and willing to work," said Marsales at an event hosted by the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington, the coordinator of the Summer Jobs for Youth Program. "They have embraced the opportunity to apply their talents, develop additional skills and gain valuable real work experience that will help them reach their potential." The Summer Jobs for Youth Program and the Youth in Policing Initiative are components of the government's Youth Opportunities Strategy, a broad-based plan to help young people faced with significant challenges achieve individual success. The government is investing $28.5 million over the first three years of the strategy. In 2006, the strategy was implemented in Toronto and Durham Region. In 2007, the strategy was expanded to underserved communities in Hamilton, Windsor, Ottawa, London and Thunder Bay. "This program has really filled a need in these neighbourhoods, specifically for those youth who have never worked before," said Lily Lumsden, General Manager of Career Development and Learning at the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington. "Employers have been very supportive and have helped these young people experience success." "This ground-breaking program has exceeded all expectations," said Hamilton Police Service Chief Brian Mullan. "The 13 youth who worked with us were a real asset to our organization, and we know that they equally benefited with the skills and knowledge they acquired during the eight-week program." The Summer Jobs for Youth Program in Hamilton provided 185 youth ages 15 to 18 with employment placements in a variety of fields such as recreation, business and youth leadership. Through the Youth in Policing Initiative, 13 youth ages 14 to 17 worked with the Hamilton Police Service in a number of areas, including Records, Training and Division One Support. "These programs provide young people from underserved neighbourhoods with important work experience that will help them increase their self-confidence and open the doors to increased opportunity," said Chambers. "These youth have talent, enthusiasm and potential. Our government is working to help them harness those talents, sustain that enthusiasm and realize that potential." The Ministry of Children and Youth Services worked closely with community stakeholders and partners including the City of Hamilton, the Hamilton Training Advisory Board and community leaders to identify neighbourhoods in Hamilton that could benefit most from these programs. They are Gibson and McQuesten in the east and Gibson in the west. Disponible en français www.children.gov.on.ca www.youthconnect.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES STRATEGY IN HAMILTON Contact Info The Ontario government's three-year, $28.5 million Youth Opportunities Strategy is building stronger communities by establishing and expanding community programs that help youth achieve a brighter future. The strategy recognizes that some youth, particularly those in marginalized and stigmatized communities, often do not have access to opportunities and supports that would help them to be successful in life. The government is investing approximately $875,000 annually starting this year to improve outcomes for youth in underserved communities in Hamilton. In 2006, the Youth Opportunities Strategy was implemented primarily in Toronto and Durham Region neighbourhoods. In 2007, the strategy is continuing in Toronto and Durham Region and has expanded to Hamilton, Windsor, Ottawa, London and Thunder Bay. The strategy includes the following initiatives in Hamilton: Summer Jobs for Youth Program The Summer Jobs for Youth Program provided approximately 185 young people ages 15 to 18 with the job readiness skills they need to build confidence and lead rewarding, productive lives. It included pre-employment readiness, employment placements in a variety of fields including recreation, business and youth leadership, and post-employment supports. In summer 2007, approximately 1,800 young people participated in the program across the province. The eight-week program is coordinated by the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington. Youth in Policing Initiative The Youth in Policing Initiative provided opportunities for 13 youth ages 14 to 17 to work with the Hamilton Police Service during the summer. The eight-week program strengthens relationships between youth and the police, enables young people to acquire an understanding of some aspects of policing, and encourages them to consider policing as a future career option. Approximately 160 young people worked with local police services across the province this summer. Hamilton participants worked with crime analysts and for the Graffiti Team, Records, Cyclemania, Division One Support, Training and the Traffic Office. Youth Outreach Worker Program The Youth Outreach Worker Program employs seven outreach workers year-round to serve as advocates for hard-to-reach youth. Outreach workers ensure youth are aware of, and know how to access, a wide range of programs and services. They also promote youth engagement in all aspects of life in their communities. The program, coordinated by local agencies, employs a total of 66 youth outreach workers across the province. In Hamilton, the program is coordinated by Wesley Urban Ministries. YouthConnect.ca While there is a wide range of programs and services to assist youth, it is often confusing and difficult for youth to know what services are available, where to find them and how to access them. YouthConnect.ca brings this information together in a coordinated, creative, comprehensive and youth-friendly way, for the benefit of youth wherever they live in Ontario. YouthConnect.ca provides a forum for young people to access information, services and resources that will help them make good choices, achieve success and contribute positively to their communities. Disponible en français www.children.gov.on.ca www.youthconnect.ca For further information: Tricia Edgar, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7161, (416) 571-7247 (Cell); Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Tricia Edgar, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7161, (416) 571-7247 (Cell); Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156