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News Release: Youth Futures Program Returns to Provide Employment Skills Training for Ottawa Youth

(OTTAWA, ON) March 4, 2022 – The Ottawa Community Housing Foundation is helping youth ages 16-21 build important skills for employment and post-secondary studies through the Youth Futures Program, which launches Saturday, March 5th, 2022.

The Foundation is a partner in the delivery of Youth Futures along with the City of Ottawa and BGC Ottawa. As program organizers, they collaborate with and rely on the support of community leaders, government, local agencies, foundations, private sector donors, educational institutions and the business community to achieve program goals.

Each year, more than 250 youth from across Ottawa apply to become involved in the six-month bilingual program, delivered at no cost to participants. A highlight is a six-week paid employment experience with Ottawa employers. The program also hires 10 post-secondary students as Mentors to provide guidance and support to participants.

Having the tools to succeed, helps level the playing field for students from low-income families. Youth Futures participants face many complex socio-economic barriers. By helping to remove some of those barriers – we can break the cycle of poverty.



“Many students in the Youth Futures program are the first in their family to enter post-secondary studies. The program provides an opportunity for them to gain the skills they need to succeed and paves the way for future success in their working life.”

Angela Bégin

Executive Director, Ottawa Community Housing Foundation for Healthy Communities.

For more information, or to request an interview, please contact:

Briar Gornall

Communications and Engagement Coordinator Briar.Gornall@ochfoundation.ca

About Ottawa Community Housing Foundation

The OCH Foundation exists to break down barriers and alleviate the effects of poverty and inequities faced by people living in Ottawa Community Housing; Ottawa’s largest social housing provider. The programs supported by the Foundation focus on education, employment and community engagement. Since 2014, the foundation has raised more than $4.1 million that is invested in the tenant community through programs such as Youth Futures and recLink. ochfoundation.ca |