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June 19 2015 media release - 2015 ctw ontario youth volunteer challenge - youth break records

Youth break records once again during the 8th annual ChangeTheWorld campaign!

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June 19 2015 media release - 2015 ctw ontario youth volunteer challenge - youth break records

  1. 1. Ontario Volunteer Centre Network c/o Volunteer MBC, 7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 601 Brampton, ON L6Y 4M3 905.238.2622 ext. 228 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 42,000 Ontario youth break ChangeTheWorld records, for the eighth year in a row! Ontario youth give back by contributing 225,000 volunteer hours during 6 week campaign June 19, 2015 - Brampton, ON - The Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) has wrapped up the 2015 ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge. The campaign was held from April 12 to May 24, and the OVCN is pleased to announce the final results. In total, 42,000 youth volunteered a total of 225,000 hours in their local communities during the six week campaign— surpassing the target of 37,000 volunteers and 111,000 hours. ChangeTheWorld is a province-wide campaign for youth aged 14 to 18 years old. It aims to inspire youth to volunteer through a wide variety of local initiatives, which will result in making a difference in their communities. The main goal is to get high school students from all across Ontario to volunteer, allowing them to contribute their skills to causes they care about. ChangeTheWorld is funded by the Government of Ontario, and delivered in partnership with the OVCN. “After completing our 8th year of the ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge, youth continue to inspire us with their active involvement,” says Patricia Weiler, Steering Committee Chair of the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network. “The innovative ideas and passions that they utilize through volunteering not only provides them with the opportunity to give back, but it also allows them to gain valuable skillsets in the process. The continuous success of the campaign speaks volumes to the strength of a collaborative effort across the province. On behalf of the OVCN (Ontario Volunteer Centre Network) a huge thank you goes out to the 24 participating Volunteer Centres for their valued support and endless efforts, as well as all of the participating community service organizations, schools, youth groups, partners and sponsors”. An integral part of this campaign is the freedom the youth are given to take charge of their own volunteer initiatives. This provides them with a fantastic opportunity to build effective leadership skills, and allows them to exercise their passions – while engaging their peers and their community. Youth organized and participated in a number of volunteer events including food drives, environmental clean ups, variety shows, as well as fundraisers and awareness campaigns in support of various causes. #
  2. 2. Ontario Volunteer Centre Network c/o Volunteer MBC, 7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 601 Brampton, ON L6Y 4M3 905.238.2622 ext. 228 “This year’s ChangeTheWorld was a tremendous success. Students from all over Ontario saw first-hand how volunteerism benefits their communities. They gained valuable skills that will help them in their future employment, and made friendships that will last a lifetime”, says Michael Chan, Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. Next year’s ChangeTheWorld campaign launches with National Volunteer Week (April 10 to 16) and runs for six weeks until May 23, 2016. About the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network: The Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) is an unincorporated network of 24 Volunteer Centres in Ontario, guided by a volunteer steering committee. The OVCN’s mandate is to provide a provincial network and voice to strengthen the individual and collective ability of Volunteer Centres in Ontario to promote and develop volunteerism. Find out more about your local Volunteer Centre by visiting the OVCN website at For more information about the ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge, visit - 30 - For more information, photos and for media inquiries, please contact: Lily Ostos, Youth Engagement Coordinator ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) P: 905.238.2622 ext. 228 E: