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Community Supports For At-Risk Youth

McGuinty Government Investments Helping Students Reach Their Goals

Ministry of Education

An additional 3,000 students who are struggling or at risk of dropping out will now have access to adult role models in their schools.

A $1.5-million government investment will help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada provide these students with in-school mentors.

To further help students succeed, the province is also providing an additional $2.75 million to the following community organizations who provide youth with customized and engaging learning opportunities:

  • Boys 2 Men (Cabbagetown Youth Centre)
  • Ontario Educational Leadership Centre
  • Jane/Finch Caring Village
  • Family Service Association
  • Change your Future
  • Frontier College.

Quick Facts

  • For more than 90 years, the Big Brothers Big Sisters program has made a difference in the lives of young people by providing a friend where one is needed.
  • In Ontario, there are more than 13,000 youth being served in over 400 communities through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
  • Research has shown that a connection to a caring adult is an essential part of student engagement.
  • The target for Ontario's graduation rate is 85 per cent. In 2006-07, the rate was 75 per cent up from 68 per cent in 2003-04.

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“We know that students who have caring adults in their life are better engaged and achieve better results.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Education

“When we share a little magic with our youth, the impact lasts a lifetime.”

Bruce MacDonald

President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada



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