2014 Youth Futures Graduates Celebrate their Success
OTTAWA, August 20, 2014 – It is with great pride that the Youth Futures program and its partners will be celebrating this year’s 70 graduates! Since its launch in 2008, the program has provided over 300 young adults, aged 16 to 21, the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills and, the support needed to succeed in today’s post-secondary institutions and workplace.
Youth Futures is a partnership between the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Community Housing (OCH), Algonquin College, Carleton University, La Cité, Saint-Paul University, University of Ottawa, Ottawa Police Service as well as other highly committed community partners. Funded in part by the City of Ottawa and, originally developed by Professors Elizabeth Kristjansson and Caroline Andrew of the University of Ottawa, the program offers high school students from low-income households the opportunity to achieve personal success and engage as leaders in their community. The seven month program includes: leadership training, community volunteerism, universities and college introduction and experience as well as paid summer employment. Based upon the belief that higher education can break the cycle of inter-generational poverty, Youth Futures seeks to transform the lives of its youth participants and their families, and to build an Ottawa that fosters participation and inclusion.
“I wish to congratulate the 2014 alumni” commented Marianne Wilkinson, City Councillor and Chair of the OCH Board of Directors. “The participants have been hard at work. Every year, at the completion of the program, our hope is that they leave with a sense of pride and accomplishment for their contribution and community involvement. They now can continue their journey with new tools and confidence to pursue their goals”.
Members of the media are invited to attend the ceremony celebrating the graduates.
What: Graduation Ceremony
When: from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, 2014
Where: Chamber Hall at Ben Franklin Place – 101 Centrepointe Drive A multicultural meal will be served between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Special guest speakers include: Mayor Jim Watson, Chantal Beauvais (Rector of Saint- Paul University) and Stéphane Giguère (CEO of Ottawa Community Housing).
Ottawa Community Housing is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, and the second largest in Ontario. It provides almost 15,000 units to over 32,000, seniors, parents, children, singles and persons with special needs in more than 160 communities across the City.
For additional information please contact: Ottawa Community Housing
Communications Officer 613-720-3372
Ottawa Community Housing Corporation – 39 Auriga Drive – Ottawa – ON K2E 7Y8