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Ontario Launches Youth Volunteer Challenge

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Ontario Launches Youth Volunteer Challenge

McGuinty Government Supporting Next Generation Of Volunteers

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is challenging young people across the province to "change the world" by taking up the tradition of volunteerism in their communities.

The fourth annual ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge kicked off today in Belleville and runs from April 10 to May 1.

This year, in partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network, 21 volunteer centres will coordinate events in more than 265 communities for students ages 14 to 18.

ChangeTheWorld supports the government's Open Ontario plan to strengthen the not-for-profit sector and build on Ontario's strong culture of volunteerism.

Quick Facts

  • In 2010, 11,328 Ontario youth volunteered 41,683 hours benefiting 281 not-for-profit agencies.
  • Since its beginning in 2008, 19,837 youth have contributed 71,590 volunteer hours in their communities through ChangeTheWorld.
  • Each year, over five million Ontarians volunteer in their communities.
  • Ontario students must complete 40 volunteer hours to graduate from high school
  • 2011 marks the International Year of Youth, and the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers.

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“I am inspired by the commitment and the passion of our young volunteers. They are proof that young people want to and can make a difference. They show us, with every volunteer hour they contribute, that youth really can change the world.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“Ontario high school students are the next generation of volunteers and are helping to make our province a better place. The ChangeTheWorld program is giving students the opportunity to expand their volunteer experience while completing the 40 hours of community service they need to graduate."”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Education

“We are extremely proud of our youth throughout Hastings and Prince Edward County. Each year their hard work, dedication and inspiring ideas continue to move ChangeTheWorld forward in a positive manner. These youth are the future of our community and a bright future is in our horizon.”

Brenda Snider

Volunteer and Information Quinte



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