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June 3, 2003
Identify 'N' Impact awards celebrate youth for identifying issues and making an impact
The Toronto Youth Cabinet has launched a new awards program that will recognize
the contributions of energetic and influential youth from across Toronto. The
Identify 'N' Impact Youth Awards will honour five young people aged 16 to 24
with $750 cash awards in the following categories: Amazing Young Activist;
Dedication to Youth Advocacy; Youth Building Community through the Arts or
Athletics; Entrepreneurship and Social Cause; and the Newcomer Youth Award.
Youth are encouraged to apply themselves, and also to nominate their peers for
these awards.

In 2002, the Toronto Youth cabinet hosted the Identify 'N' Impact Youth
Conference. This unique event was entirely planned for youth by youth to enable
young people to get involved and initiate positive change in their communities.
The Identify 'N' Impact Youth Awards are the next step by the Toronto Youth
Cabinet to build on its success in promoting youth engagement across Toronto.

"These awards are about hope," said Councillor Olivia Chow, Toronto's Child and
Youth Advocate. "We all hear the stories of youth violence and other youth
problems. But for every negative image of youth in Toronto, there are a hundred
positive stories just waiting to be told. These awards allow us, in a small
way, to celebrate the positives, and to highlight how youth across Toronto are
already making a difference, and bolstering our hopes for the future."

"I look around my community and I see something different from most people,"
said Clara Chow, a prize-winning youth writer and celebrated student activist.
"I see the unlimited potential of my peers, and I see the faces that will shape
the city of tomorrow. These awards, and others like them, can help us tap into
and celebrate some of this potential."

Winners will be selected by an awards committee that includes members of the
Toronto Youth Cabinet, City staff and volunteers from youth-serving
organizations. The awards will be presented
at The Cause, the Toronto Youth Cabinet's annual celebration of youth
volunteerism, on Tuesday, August 19 at Nathan Phillips Square.

Awards application forms will be distributed to youth organizations across the
city, and will be available on the Toronto Youth Cabinet Web site at
Youth can also call 416-392-3586 to get an application form.

Media Contact
Councillor Olivia Chow

Ange Kinnear
Toronto Youth Cabinet Coordinator



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