ChangeTheWorld: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge
ChangeTheWorld: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is a program to encourage Ontario young people age 14 to 18 to take part in volunteerism. It also helps Ontario high school youth get their 40 hours community service required for graduation.
The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration began the campaign in 2008 to mark National Volunteer Week. The campaign operates in partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network.
The 2010 campaign started during National Volunteer Week on April 18 and ended on May 9. The campaign's goal was 10,000 Ontario youth to volunteer for three hours during the campaign. Twenty-one communities participated in 2010, led by local volunteer centres. The 2010 campaign attracted 11,328 young people who volunteered a total of 41,683 hours.
The 6th annual ChangeTheWorld Campaign started during National Volunteer Week on April 21 until May 20. The campaign attracted 38,000 young people who volunteered a total of 177,000 hours at 617 community events led by volunteer centres across Ontario.
Role of Volunteer Centres
Participating volunteer centres engage in outreach activities in high schools to mobilize students to participate in community events or volunteer for community organizations during the campaign period. The Ontario Volunteer Centre Network works closely with local Volunteer Centres to help them achieve their youth volunteer targets each year.
Since the campaign began in 2008, when about 900 volunteered in seven communities during National Volunteer Week, the campaign has grown every year since its inception. Since 2008, over 100,000 students have participated and volunteered more than 433,000 hours in their communities. In 2014 ChangeTheWorld will grow to a six week campaign that projects a total of 33,000 young people volunteering a minimum of 99,000 hours over the course of 6 weeks.
Types of Activities
Students participate in many different types of volunteer activities including tree planting, entertaining seniors, trail clean-up, fund-raising, food and clothing drives, fun-runs, community clean-ups, serving at homeless shelters, sewing sleepwear, leading fitness classes for seniors and artifact drives for local museums.
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