Accent on Youth Strategy Partners
Ontario's "Accent on Youth" strategy was unveiled by Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, on December 18, 2008. The objective of this strategy is to set up strategic alliances to promote the participation of French speaking young people in their communities. To date, the Trillium Foundation, the Fédération de la jeunesse franco ontarienne (FESFO) and the Desjardins Group have confirmed their participation in this extensive mobilization initiative.
THE ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION
Since 1982, the Ontario Trillium Foundation has been funding charitable and non-profit organizations. In the context of this partnership, the foundation will take the strategy into account in the future when allocating funding for projects targeting Francophone youth. "Every investment in Franco Ontarian youth provides sound value," said Sylvie Bigras, a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. All youth projects supported by the foundation must serve young people, focus on their contributions, demonstrate their commitment, or be managed by them.
FESFO will develop a "mobile studio" in order to promote the creation of French language content to be posted on the Internet. This "mobile studio" will also disseminate audio, photographic and video material pertaining to events that interest young people and in which young people participate. "We are very happy to be involved in the development of the Accent on Youth Strategy, which will have a positive impact on our community's development and on the participation of youth in Ontario," said Rosy Fournier, FESFO's president.
Through its involvement in this partnership, the Mouvement des caisses Desjardins, Canada's biggest financial co operative, wishes to strengthen its Desjardins Youth Focus program, which promotes the social, professional and financial development of young people between the ages of 15 and 30 in Quebec and Ontario. "We will draw upon Desjardins' strengths to set up a working group that will focus on the economic value of French. Its mandate will be to propose and develop youth initiatives in co operation with key players in the business community," said Alain-Michel Sékula, senior vice president, Fédération des caisses Desjardins.
Thomas Chanzy, Minister's Office, 416-325-5211
Charles Jean Sucsan, Strategic Communications Branch, 416 325-4968