MEMORANDUM TO: Secondary School Guidance Counsellors and Career Educators across OntarioFROM: Jacquie Latham Executive Director Ontario School Counsellors’ Association 1 Mountainview Cres Erin, ON N0B 1T0 Carine Strong Chair Ontario Volunteer Centre Network c/o Volunteer MBC 7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 601 Brampton, ON L6Y 4M3 (905)238-2622 www.ovca.caDATE: March 26, 2013SUBJECT: 2013 ChangeTheWorld – Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge______________________________________________________________________From April 21 to May 20, the sixth annual ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is beingheld across the province. This four-week campaign promotes youth volunteerism among Ontario’s highschool 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 peoplehave volunteered over 265,000 hours through this program.ChangeTheWorld challenges high school students aged 14 to 18 to volunteer three hours over fourweeks. 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.Last year, more than 28,000 youth volunteered a record 124,000 hours, working with their schools, localvolunteer centres and community agencies. This year, the OVCN along with 23 volunteer centresrepresenting communities across Ontario are helping to organize volunteer opportunities and connectstudents to them.
As the guidance and career educators of your schools, you can be the ambassadors to help promote theChangeTheWorld campaign by encouraging students to participate. Our youth are increasingly seekingopportunities to improve their local communities by giving their time, skills and talents as volunteers forcauses they deem important. This campaign helps students find their passion and develop essential skillsfor their future careers.If your school is interested in participating in volunteer events during ChangeTheWorld, visit www.ovcn.cafor more information. We would be delighted if you could share this information with your school staff,faculty and student councils and/or groups, to make them aware of the many events taking place in theircommunities.Sincerely,Jacquie Latham Carine Strong