Ontario Students To "ChangeTheWorld" - 3 Hours At A Time
McGuinty Government Launches Fifth Annual Youth Volunteer Challenge
Ontario is challenging young people across the province to volunteer for three hours over three weeks to "change the world" in their communities.
The fifth annual ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge kicks off in Mississauga today with a "clean-up blast" of local parks. The challenge runs from April 15 to May 6, 2012 and coincides with National Volunteer Week (April 15 to 21, 2012).
Delivered in partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network, this year's campaign will involve 25 volunteer centres coordinating events in more than 450 communities for students between the ages of 14 to 18. The 2012 target is to get 25,000 students volunteering.
ChangeTheWorld supports the McGuinty government's commitment to strengthen the not-for-profit sector and build on Ontario's strong culture of volunteerism.
- In 2011, close to 15,000 youth participated in ChangeTheWorld, amounting to almost 45,000 volunteer hours. To date, the ChangeTheWorld challenge has seen 35,218 youth volunteer a total of 141,435 hours.
- Ontario students must complete 40 volunteer hours to graduate from high school
- Each year, over five million Ontarians volunteer in their communities
- ChangeTheWorld's success supports Imagine Canada's recent findings that Canada's voluntary and non-profit sector is the 2nd largest in the world, after the Netherlands.
“The ChangeTheWorld challenge shows us just how much young people care about making an impact in their local communities. Ontario benefits from these committed and inspiring young champions, whose volunteer experience today is helping prepare them for leadership tomorrow.”
“It's exciting to see how ChangeTheWorld has become a movement across Ontario high schools, planting seeds to create lifelong volunteers. Once you experience the joy of giving back, it stays with you for life.”
“When we have a thriving culture of volunteerism, everybody wins. This is an essential part of building strong and caring communities. Through ChangeTheWorld, students are expanding their volunteer experience and they are witnessing firsthand, how they don't have to wait for change to come, they can make it happen themselves.”