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Funding for developing skills in newcomer youth

Immigrant and newcomer youth in Brampton West will be able to develop skills while giving back to their neighbourhood and cultural communities.

Through Ontario’s Youth Opportunities Program, the government has approved a grant of $36000 for youth of Brampton West to the Brampton Board of Trade. All youth organizations will provide mentorship, leadership training and community engagement activities for newcomer and immigrant youth. Participants will gain marketable skills, and build social and professional networks through volunteering and collaborating with community leaders.

Investing in the skills and talents of all Ontarians is part of the government’s plan to support the not-for-profit sector, strengthen communities and grow the economy.

“Investment in our youth is a key priority,” said Ontario MPP Vic Dhillon. “Youth supply us with new ideas and give us a fresher perspective. Our youth are intelligent, resourceful and innovative. Youth development will lead to stronger communities and good quality of life for all.”

Sixty-one projects in 23 communities across Ontario will deliver the Youth Opportunities Program. Since 2002, 81,518 Ontario grade 9 and 10 students have participated in Youth and Philanthropy Initiative. The program targets newcomer and immigrant youth between ages 16 and 24.

Posted: Jul 1, 2011

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