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Ontario Government Helps Improve Youth Understanding Of Justice System

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Ontario Government Helps Improve Youth Understanding Of Justice System

Ministry of the Attorney General

TORONTO -- The Ontario government is building strong communities and helping young people understand and appreciate the justice system by assisting the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN), Attorney General Michael Bryant said today at the opening ceremony for Law Week.

"By educating our youth about the justice system we are giving them an early understanding about the great opportunities and responsibilities that come with living in a democratic society," said Bryant. "A well-informed youth today will help ensure Ontario succeeds tomorrow."

OJEN will receive a $250,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to develop justice education programs for youth in Aboriginal, Francophone and immigrant communities in recognition of Ontario's diverse population. Young children and youth-at-risk will also be a focus. The three-year project will engage a range of volunteers from the judiciary, bar and education sector across Ontario.

"We are thrilled to receive this assistance," said Taivi Lobu, Executive Director of OJEN. "It will allow us to reach out to more young people across the province, giving them an understanding of the justice system that will stay with them throughout their lives."

The Ministry of the Attorney General is a founding member and active participant of OJEN, which was established in 2002 by R. Roy McMurtry, Chief Justice of Ontario; former Chief Justice Patrick J. LeSage, Superior Court of Justice; and Chief Justice Brian W. Lennox, Ontario Court of Justice. OJEN links together organizations with an interest in developing the public's understanding of the justice system and supports popular student programs such as Law Day/Week and Courtrooms and Classrooms.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, receives funding generated through Ontario's charity casino initiative. The Foundation allocates grants to eligible charitable and not-for-profit organizations in the arts, culture, environment, human and social services, and sports and recreation sectors.

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