McGuinty Government Supports At-Risk Students
The government has invested $4.25 million to help seven community organizations provide services for students who are at risk of dropping out or who struggle with school for a variety of factors. The following initiatives support these youth and complement the government's plan to promote a strong, vibrant publicly funded education system that is focused on improved student achievement.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada received $1.5 million to give 3,000 students access to mentors in school. The organization provides one-to-one mentoring programs for youth in more than 1,000 Canadian communities through its 150 local agencies.
Boys 2 Men (Cabbagetown Youth Centre) received $250,000 to provide services to at-risk youth in Toronto. This is a program that was created for boys who have no father in their lives. They are paired up with a male mentor who can make a difference in the boys' lives by being a positive role model.
Ontario Educational Leadership Centre received $700,000 to help make its programs more accessible for at-risk students and to develop programs for Aboriginal students. The centre provides students with a unique opportunity to develop and enhance their personal and leadership skills.
Jane/Finch Caring Village received $100,000 to help with tutoring, peer mentoring and other social and educational supports offered to high school-aged youth in the Jane-Finch community in Toronto. The village engages youth through interactive learning in literacy, math, life skills and activities that promote social justice.
Family Service Association will continue providing services for at-risk youth in Toronto through a $350,000 investment. For over 90 years, the association has been helping families and individuals through counselling, community development, advocacy and public education programs.
Change Your Future will continue supporting diverse youth with an investment of $350,000.
Program counselors are placed in schools and encourage students to overcome barriers, make the right decisions, set goals, build confidence and engage in a self-help and self-discovery process.
Frontier College will continue supporting high-needs areas and improving literacy through training, workshops, conferences and volunteer programs with a boost of $1 million.
The college operates a variety of literacy programs and has helped millions of Canadians improve their literacy skills.