$125,000 Awarded to Tackle Youth Unemployment

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 —

Nov. 23, 2018 (Ottawa, ON) 

The Ottawa Community Foundation (OCF) presented a cheque for $125,000 to the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation and Global Vision yesterday as part of its New Leaf Community Challenge.  The first time partnership between  Ottawa Community Housing Foundation and Global Vision will be one of many as we work collaboratively to tackle youth unemployment in the Ottawa region through our Youth+ initiative.

Youth+ was one of three short-listed proposals presented to an eight-member jury of community leaders at the fifth New Leaf Community Challenge (NLCC) held in Algonquin College’s Indigenous Learning Commons.

“All three projects were creative, compelling and, most importantly, designed to support positive, systemic, sustainable change in our community,” said Marco Pagani, President and CEO of the OCF. “Each project focused on setting youth on a career path, not simply towards an entry-level job.”

Youth+ builds on the strengths and successes of the Youth Futures and Global Vision Connects programs. It will support 180 youth from diverse, low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in Ottawa’s fastest growing industries such as IT, Clean Technology, and Tourism. Youth+ will offer industry roundtables, local industry tours, internship opportunities, training in areas such as leadership and entrepreneurship, and opportunities for life-changing experiences at both national and international levels.

“This partnership is a game-changer for disadvantaged youth living in our city,” says Howard Whittaker, Executive Director, with the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation. “By aligning the strengths of Global Vision and Youth Futures, we are able to realize new employment and career  development opportunities, as part of a sustainable platform.”







About Global Vision

Global Vision is a Canadian charitable organization founded in 1991 by former educator, Member of Parliament and Member of the Order of Canada, Terrence Clifford, C.M.. We bring together the best and brightest young Canadians to prepare them for success in the global economy through hands-on experiences in community leadership, international trade, governance, and diplomacy.