McGuinty Government's Summer Jobs For Youth Program A Success In Windsor

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McGuinty Government's Summer Jobs For Youth Program A Success In Windsor

Youth Gain Real Work Experience And Develop New Skills WINDSOR, ON, Sept. 4 - One hundred and ninety-four youth from underserved Windsor communities gained valuable skills and work experience as part of the McGuinty government's Summer Jobs for Youth Program, Essex MPP Bruce Crozier announced today on behalf of Minister of Children and Youth Services Mary Anne Chambers. "The Summer Jobs for Youth Program provided young people with the job readiness skills and the work experience they told us they need," said Crozier. "Through this program, youth are given positive options to improve their life and job skills." "These young people in Windsor's underserved communities may have been without employment this summer had it not been for our Summer Jobs for Youth Program," said Windsor-Tecumseh MPP and Ministry of Energy Dwight Duncan. "This program not only provides employment, it also prepares young people to succeed in the future." "Summer Jobs for Youth participants gained invaluable skills and experience this summer," said Windsor West MPP, Minister of Economic Development and Trade and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues Sandra Pupatello. "Summer Jobs employers also benefited from the program by gaining hard-working team players." The Summer Jobs for Youth Program is one component 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 summer's program has been a great success," said Dan Petoran, Program Manager, New Beginnings. "We are pleased that so many employers were receptive to providing these young people with rewarding summer job experiences where they could gain valuable skills and training." "We are proud to be working with our community partners to help young people gain valuable skills and experience," said Chambers. "By helping our youth to access the opportunities they need to be successful, we will all enjoy a better quality of life." The government worked closely with community stakeholders and partners - including the City of Windsor and the United Way of Windsor-Essex County - to identify neighbourhoods in Windsor that could most benefit from these programs. They are: Sandwich and City Centre in the west, and the Drouillard Road area and the Forest Glade area in the east. Disponible en français www.children.gov.on.ca www.youthconnect.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES STRATEGY IN WINDSOR 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 more than $860,000 annually starting this year to improve outcomes for youth in underserved communities in Windsor. In 2006, the Youth Opportunities Strategy was implemented primarily in Toronto and Durham Region neighbourhoods. In 2007, the strategy was continuing in Toronto and Durham Region and has expanded to Windsor, Hamilton, Ottawa, London and Thunder Bay. The strategy includes the following initiatives in Windsor: Summer Jobs for Youth Program The Summer Jobs for Youth Program provided 194 young people ages 15 to 18 with the job readiness skills they need to build confidence and lead rewarding, productive lives. It includes pre-employment readiness supports, 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 being coordinated by New Beginnings. Youth in Policing Initiative The Youth in Policing Initiative provided opportunities for 10 youth ages 14 to 17 to work with the Windsor Police Service this 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. More than 160 young people worked with local police services across the province this summer. Windsor participants worked in a variety of areas, including the forensic unit, technology services, the collision reporting centre and the crime stoppers unit. Youth Outreach Worker Program The Youth Outreach Worker Program employs five 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 Windsor, the program is also being coordinated by New Beginnings. 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. Ontario Public Service (OPS) Learn and Work Program The OPS Learn and Work Program engages youth ages 16 to 19 to the world of work by offering them meaningful cooperative education work experiences in the Ontario government and its related agencies. Upon completion of this Specialized Co-operative Education Program, participants will have had the opportunity to earn academic credits toward their high school diploma and obtain up to 27 weeks of meaningful work experience, consisting of one co-op placement per semester in the Ontario Public Service and its agencies. The program was piloted in February 2006, and has grown from a one-semester program helping up to 20 students, to a one-year program helping students in four locations across the province. The current program is being delivered at: - Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute in Scarborough - Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School in northwest Toronto - J.L. Forster Secondary School in Windsor - St. Pius X Catholic Secondary School in Ottawa. Disponible en français www.children.gov.on.ca www.youthconnect.ca For further information: Velma Morgan, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7159, (416) 458-2258 (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: Velma Morgan, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7159, (416) 458-2258 (cell); Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156