Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Youth Futures program celebrates its 10th Anniversary by graduating 150 low-income youth.

OTTAWA, ON – On Thursday, August 16th, 2018, 150 participants of the Youth Futures will be graduating the 7-month program at the 10th annual graduation ceremony. This is the largest cohort of Youth Futures participants to date, increasing from the original number of 30 participants. The ceremony will be taking place at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park. In addition to the certificate ceremony, the evening will consist of speeches from dignitaries, participants, and community members involved in the program. There will also be several performances including a fashion show. Mayor Jim Watson, City Councillor Mathieu Fleury, and Ottawa Community Housing CEO Stephan Giguere, will be in attendance.

The event comes at the conclusion of the 7-month program which started in January of this year. The first 5 months of the program focused on post-secondary education and leadership development. Every Saturday, the participants would attend workshops on leadership development and employability skills, visit the 5 post-secondary institutions in Ottawa, and learn about navigating university, college, or the workplace. In June, the participants began six-week long placements across the City of Ottawa in a diverse array of fields including in the public sector, private sector, and with non-profit organizations. Some of our employers include Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Gowling WLG, the House of Commons, Hydro Ottawa, and the City of Ottawa.

Youth Futures was founded in 2008 by Dr. Caroline Andrew and Dr. Elizabeth Kristjansson after acknowledging the lack of diversity at the University of Ottawa. The program has graduated close to 600 people from its program. As a partnership, the program relies on the support of organizations all across Ottawa to ensure it success. The City of Ottawa, University of Ottawa, Ottawa Community Housing, and Ottawa Community Housing Foundation, along with the 4 other post-secondary institutions in Ottawa, support the operation of the program. Youth Futures works with diverse communities across the city, including newcomers, refugees, indigenous communities, LGBTQ+ folks, among others. The program looks forward to continuing to promote post-secondary education and leadership development for the years to come.

For further information, please contact Sabrina Teklab, Senior Mentor at (613) 981 8423 or

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