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Ontario Youth Set Volunteering Record

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Ontario Youth Set Volunteering Record

McGuinty Government Celebrates Successful ChangeTheWorld Challenge

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

A record-breaking 28,000 high school students from across the province made a difference in their communities by participating in the 2012 Ontario ChangeTheWorld Youth Volunteer Challenge.

These young people planned and delivered initiatives such as park clean-ups, urban beautification projects, and fashion and variety shows for seniors in more than 450 communities, working with their schools, local volunteer centres and community agencies. Over the three-week campaign, these teenagers volunteered for an outstanding 124,000 hours. 

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

Quick Facts

  • This year's ChangeTheWorld campaign ran from April 15 to May 6.
  • More than 63,000 students have participated in ChangeTheWorld since it launched in 2008. The number of partner volunteer organizations has grown from seven to 25.
  • More than 300 schools participated this year.
  • ChangeTheWorld is a partnership between the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network.

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“I am proud of the young people in our province for getting out there and making positive change in their communities. It gives us great hope for the future of volunteerism, which is woven deeply into our values and quality of life as a province. Congratulations and thank you to all who participated!”

Hon. Charles Sousa

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“After ChangeTheWorld, thousands of youth in Ontario have learned more about their local communities, schools and themselves through volunteerism. This is an incredible achievement and a huge win for Ontario youth and for the voluntary sector.”

Armin Forouzan

CTW Provincial Coordinator, Ontario Volunteer Centre Network

Media Contacts

  • Indira Naidoo-Harris

    Minister's Office


  • James Bertrand

    Communications Branch





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