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McGuinty Government Partners With Communities To Help Youth Succeed

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McGuinty Government Partners With Communities To Help Youth Succeed

New Program Aimed At Newcomers And Culturally Diverse Youth

Office of the Premier

The McGuinty government is helping newcomers and culturally diverse youth enter the job market through mentoring and leadership training in their communities.

The government will partner with established community based non-profit organizations to deliver the Youth Opportunities Program aimed at youth aged 16-24 to enhance their skills and community involvement.

Program priorities include:

  • Opportunities for youth to gain new skills and experience to help them prepare for a job or postsecondary education.
  • Projects that incorporate culturally diverse youth in their design and delivery.
  • Projects that help newcomer youth feel more connected to their community, Ontario and Canada.

Each project must include either leadership development or mentorship opportunities and groups need to apply to be eligible for funding. Successful applicants will receive up to $40,000 to support one-year projects.

Quick Facts

  • The Youth Opportunities Program will fund a minimum of 20 projects across Ontario.
  • Community support is required to receive funding. This may include volunteer time, corporate sponsors or individual donors. Preference will also be given to proposals for projects that involved collaborations or partnerships between organizations.
  • Community organizations who wish to apply must submit a letter of intent by 5 p.m. Monday, January 10, 2011.

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“I'm grateful for Ontario's community organizations. They are full of staff and volunteers who know how best to help the people in their neighbourhoods. We're excited to work with them through the new Youth Opportunities Program to help more young people succeed, because Ontario is at its best when everyone is at their best.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario



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