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Students Volunteer to "ChangeTheWorld"

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Students Volunteer to "ChangeTheWorld"

Ontario Government Launches Sixth Annual Youth Volunteer Challenge

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is challenging young people to volunteer for at least three hours over four weeks to "change the world" in their communities.

The sixth annual ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge kicks off April 21 and runs until May 20, coinciding with National Volunteer Week (April 21 to 27).

Delivered in partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network, this year's campaign's goal is to get 30,000 students between the ages of 14 to 18 volunteering. The ChangeTheWorld challenge encourages young people to get involved in their communities and helps them to develop important skills, such as teamwork and leadership.

Supporting the not-for-profit sector, and promoting Ontario's tradition of volunteering, is part of the new Ontario government's efforts to build strong communities and a fair society for all.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario students must complete 40 volunteer hours to graduate from high school.
  • Since 2008, over 63,000 Ontario youth have contributed more than 265,000 volunteer hours in their communities through ChangeTheWorld.
  • 23 volunteer centres across Ontario are participating with events in 2013.
  • Over 6 million Ontarians volunteer each year, contributing more than 860 million annual volunteer hours.

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“The ChangeTheWorld challenge helps youth contribute their skills and energy to make their communities stronger. At the same time, today’s young volunteers are developing valuable skills they can use as tomorrow’s leaders.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“Through ChangeTheWorld, youth have the opportunity to get involved in causes or issues they feel passionately about by lending their talents and skills to volunteer in schools or community events across Ontario. Youth have proven that they can be the change they want to see and that they can make a difference.”

Carine Strong

Steering Committee Chair, Ontario Volunteer Centre Network



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