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ChangetheWorld Promotes Volunteerism Among Young People

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is supporting 32 projects to help encourage youth across the province to become active citizens by volunteering in their communities.

The ChangetheWorld program supports unique projects that engage youth by promoting active volunteerism and fostering a sense of community responsibility. This year, Loving Spoonful is receiving support to provide volunteering opportunities for 50 youth in school gardens, on local farms and at farmers markets in the Kingston area.

ChangetheWorld promotes civic engagement and volunteerism for youth aged 12 to 18. The program supports not-for-profit community organizations to start programs that focus on helping youth participate, gain skills, give back and get involved. Youth who participate in ChangetheWorld can use their volunteer hours to meet the 40 hour community involvement requirement for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $1.2 million over two years to fund 32 unique projects through the ChangetheWorld program.
  • ChangetheWorld is in its 11th year and is now a year-round initiative to promote youth volunteerism.
  • Since 2008, over 240,000 Ontario youth have contributed more than 1.2 million volunteer hours in their communities through the ChangetTheWorld program.
  • Youth can find opportunities on Spark Ontario, a revitalized website, dedicated to helping people across the province find ways to volunteer.
  • Ontario students must complete 40 volunteer hours to graduate from high school.

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“Volunteerism fosters a sense of community responsibility through personal growth and career preparation. By making ChangetheWorld a year-long program, we are encouraging youth to continue volunteering in their communities and use these opportunities to grow their skills and become active and engaged citizens.”

Laura Albanese

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“ChangetheWorld gives students the opportunity to volunteer for meaningful causes. By promoting volunteerism in our schools, we are teaching our young people that everyone can make a difference. ChangetheWorld shows them that their actions today build stronger communities tomorrow.”

Indira Naidoo-Harris

Minister of Education



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