Friday, June 16, 2017 — The OCH Foundation joins 64 other non-profits across Canada as the recipient of a community grant from the Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund. Launched in 2017, the fund is dedicated to helping under-served Canadian youth get the support they need to succeed in their educational aspirations.
“Through the Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund, we’re giving aspiring young leaders a helping hand to overcome barriers to accessing post-secondary education,” says Joe Natale, President and CEO of Rogers Communications. “But we can’t do this on our own. So we have also partnered with some incredible organizations across the country who support and motivate our youth.”
The OCH Foundation will invest the $12,500 grant into its Youth Futures program which supports at-risk youth living in low-income communities complete their high school education and transition into post-secondary.
“Through generous contributions from community partners like the Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund, Youth Futures can continue to expand its reach into OCH communities” explained Howard Whittaker, the OCH Foundation’s Executive Director. “We have high ambitions for the program, including having 150 youth graduate from the program in 2018. There is tremendous potential for this program and our community and corporate partners are helping us reach it.”
About Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund
The Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund was created in honour of Rogers Communications founder, Ted Rogers. Launched in June 2017, the fund is dedicated to ensuring the success of future generations of Canadians by helping the brightest young leaders across the country succeed in their educational aspirations. The fund is also dedicated to providing community grants to support organizations with educational programming.
For more information, we invite you to check out www.TedRogersFund.com
About Youth Futures
Each year, over 300 youth apply to participate in Youth Futures, with 90 selected annually and 98% going on to complete the program. Since its conception in 2008, Youth Futures has served over 600 youth from Ottawa Communities. Over 80% 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, and dozens of other organizations leading organizations from Ottawa’s public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.