MCI EDU 2013 ChangeTheWorld Volunteer Challenge

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MCI EDU 2013 ChangeTheWorld Volunteer Challenge

  1. 1. 42-054 Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration 400 University Avenue Toronto ON M7A 2R9 Ministère des Affaires civiques et de l’Immigration 400, avenue University Toronto ON M7A 2R9 February 14, 2013 MEMORANDUM TO: Ontario Student Success Leaders FROM: Brian Beattie Director Citizenship Branch Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Rob Andrews Director Student Success/Learning to 18 Strategic Implementation, Innovation and Support Branch DATE: February 14, 2013 SUBJECT: 2013 ChangeTheWorld Youth Volunteer Challenge ______________________________________________________________________ From April 21 to May 20, the sixth annual ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is taking place in hundreds of communities across Ontario. This four-week campaign champions volunteering among Ontario’s high school students. ChangeTheWorld is delivered through a partnership between the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) and the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN). Since 2008, more than 63,000 young people have volunteered over 265,000 hours through this program. The Ministry of Education has supported ChangeTheWorld through its Student Voice initiative since 2010. Student Voice works to engage youth in their schools and community SpeakUp projects are an important part of this effort. Students can apply for SpeakUp project grants to create student-led volunteer projects during the ChangeTheWorld campaign. ChangeTheWorld challenges high school students aged 14 to 18 to volunteer three hours over four weeks. Participation in this campaign is open to all secondary school students and contributes to the 40-community involvement hours required to obtain an Ontario high school diploma.
  2. 2. 42-054 Last year, more than 28,000 youth volunteered a record 124,000 hours in more than 300 communities, working with their schools, local volunteer centres and community agencies. This year, 23 volunteer centres representing communities across Ontario are helping to organize volunteer opportunities and connect students to them. Given the solid partnership between ChangeTheWorld and Student Voice, we look forward to a very successful year. This year there are 220 SpeakUp projects taking place as part of ChangeTheWorld. If your school is interested in participating in volunteer events during ChangeTheWorld, visit ontario.ca/changetheworld. We would be delighted if you could share this information with your school principals to make them aware of the many events taking place in schools and communities through these programs. Sincerely, Brian Beattie Rob Andrews

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