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Youth Volunteer Challenge Launches

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Youth Volunteer Challenge Launches

McGuinty Government Supports Third Annual ChangeTheWorld Campaign

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

High school students across Ontario are being challenged to "change the world" while earning the volunteer hours they need for graduation.

The ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is an annual call to young people to volunteer. The challenge starts during National Volunteer Week, April 18 - 24, and ends on May 9. This year's goal is to have 10,000 youth, aged 14 to 18, volunteer three hours during the three weeks. 

In its third year, ChangeTheWorld is a partnership between the government of Ontario and the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network. Twenty-one participating volunteer centres are organizing local volunteer activities for high school students.

Quick Facts

  • High school students in Ontario are required to volunteer 40 hours as part of their graduation requirement.
  • More than 5 million people in Ontario annually donate 800 million hours of their time to volunteer activities.

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“The ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is a great way to get involved in something you really care about - whether it is the environment, social justice, sport, or people in your community. Make a difference and start with one simple act - the act of deciding you want to make a positive difference and volunteer.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

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