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November 20, 2002
Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Youths celebrate completion of anti-racism training program
On Thursday, November 21, 18 youths, aged 16 -24 will celebrate the completion
of a successful peer leader project called Toronto Response for Youth (TRY).
The 30-week project was designed to give youths the opportunity to become "peer
leaders" by working with other young people to raise awareness about the issues
of hate and discrimination in our city.

In the wake of September 11, 2001, hate crimes in Toronto jumped 66 per cent,
from 204 in 2000 to 338 in 2001. The biggest jump was in reported hate crimes
against Muslims. To help combat Islamophobia and other forms of racism, the
City of Toronto established the Toronto Response for Youth (TRY) pilot project.
Peer leaders visited schools, community centres and other venues to facilitate
discussion workshops with other youths on how to identify and counter
Islamophobia and other forms of racism and discrimination.

Date: Thursday, November 21
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall, Council Chamber
55 John St.

Program leaders and youths will be available for interviews after the ceremony.

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