Change The World - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge
ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge started in 2008 to celebrate National Volunteer Week and provide a way for Ontario youth aged 14 -18 to get involved in volunteering. The campaign is a partnership between the Ontario government and the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN).
The 2010 campaign starts during National Volunteer Week - April 18 to 24 - and continues until May 9. This year's goal is for 10,000 Ontario youth ages 14 to 18 to volunteer for three hours during the campaign. Youth can use the time volunteered during the ChangeTheWorld campaign towards the 40 hours of volunteer work required to graduate high school.
Twenty-one volunteer centres are participating in 2010, and coordinating volunteer activities for young people.
Alliston, Belleville, Brockville, Burlington, Cambridge, Chatham - Kent, Fort Frances, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Markham, Midland, Mississauga - Brampton - Caledon, Ottawa, Richmond Hill, Sault Ste. Marie, St Catharines, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto
Youth can find out about ChangeTheWorld volunteer opportunities in their community by contacting the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network website. They can also visit YouTube or FaceBook to connect with other young people, find more information and to share their photos, video and comments.
The Ontario Government also recognizes volunteers in the province through the following awards: