Youth Futures, a program aimed at assisting low income youth in Ottawa in their post secondary studies will graduate their 2019 class.

In its 12th  year, the program, which provides leadership training, mentorship and employment experience has helped close to 800 students be better prepared for life in college or university. The 2019 class will graduate 137 students.

The leadership training was so successful that the students themselves will be organizing the graduation event, with an eclectic mix of programming, including first-hand stories of how the program benefits them.

Youth Futures is a collaborative program that works with a group of partners who believe in providing equitable and meaningful opportunities to youth across the city. Together, we support youth facing marginalization and other barriers to gain the skills and experience they need to thrive and succeed, affecting positive change for themselves and their communities, and creating a city that is socially inclusive and values diversity.

The bilingual 7-month program (February to August) provides youth with skills, information, support and practical experience to succeed in college, university and the work force. Outcomes are achieved through a holistic solution that encompasses six program areas:

  • Advanced Leadership Training
  • Employment
  • Post-secondary Orientation
  • Mentorship
  • Community Engagement
  • Parental Engagement

Youth Futures is intended for high school students, aged 16-21, from low-income families and communities. There is no cost to participate in the program and youth are supported throughout the program by post-secondary student mentors, Youth Futures staff allies, and parents/guardians.

WHEN:     Friday August 16, 2019
WHERE:   Horticulture Buidling, 1525 Princess Patricia Way
WHAT:     Youth Futures graduating class of 2019
WHO:       Students, partners, as well as Mayor Jim Watson and Rideau-Vanier Councillor and OCH Board Chair Mathieu Fleury to speak.

PHOTO-OP:  Media are welcome to attend the event, the best time for photos is at 5:30 p.m.

About Youth Futures:
Youth Futures supports post-secondary participation among low income youth in Ottawa through leadership development, employment experience, and post-secondary orientation, in order to create successful futures and build strong communities.| TwitterFacebook

ABOUT Ottawa Community Housing Foundation
Committed to helping tenants living in social housing, the OCH Foundation helps families, youth and children achieve personal success through supporting education, employment and community engagement projects. | Twitter | Facebook

About OCH:
OCHC maintains nearly 15,000 homes to approximately 32,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles and persons with special needs, within many communities across the City of Ottawa. OCHC houses a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicity and cultures. OCHC is the largest social and affordable housing provider in Ottawa, managing two-thirds of the City’s social housing portfolio, and is the second largest in Ontario. OCHC was selected as one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for the second consecutive year in 2019. | Twitter | LinkedIN | Facebook

For more information, please contact:
Christa Allevato
Manager, Operations and Partner Relations
m:  613-716-6632