150 Ottawa youth begin their journey to build successful futures and stronger communities

Friday, February 7, 2020 —  



The Ottawa Community Housing Foundation is celebrating the launch of the 2020 Youth Futures Cohort, taking place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Ben Franklin Place.  This year, the program received a generous grant of $10,000 from the Ted Rogers Community Grants.  

The Ted Rogers Community Grant will help 150 youth begin their journey to develop professional competencies in preparation for their post -secondary education and beyond.

Youth Futures supports young people from vulnerable communities and helps them to succeed in post-secondary education and the work force. This is accomplished through advanced leadership training, mentorship, employment experience, and post secondary orientation. This involves the work of a lot of partners and helps to build successful futures and stronger communities.

“At Rogers, we believe that together we can make more possible for generations to come,” said Heidi Bonnell, President of National Capital Region, Rogers Communications. “We are pleased to provide this community grant to support the 2020 Youth Futures Cohort and to inspire youth in our community to achieve their greatest potential.”

“Through generous contributions from community partners like the Ted Rogers Community Fund, Youth Futures can continue to expand its reach into OCH communities” explained Howard Whittaker, the OCH Foundation’s Executive Director.”  “There is tremendous potential for this program and our community and corporate partners are helping us reach it.”

About Youth Futures

Each year, more than 300 youth apply to participate in Youth Futures. Of those 300, 150 are selected to participate. Of those 150, 98 percent complete the seven-month program. Since its conception in 2008, Youth Futures has served more than 800 youth from Ottawa Communities. More than 80 percent% of these youth come from within Ottawa Community Housing.

Youth Futures is delivered with the support of the City of Ottawa, the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College and dozens of other leading organizations from Ottawa’s public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.