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June 5, 2013
The SPOT Art and Technology Centre opens its doors
Staff and youth leaders of the SPOT - Success Power Opportunity Teamwork - centre joined Councillor Raymond Cho (Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River) and other community members today to officially open the new 350-square-metre SPOT Art and Technology Centre in Malvern.

"The new Malvern SPOT Art and Technology youth space is a great place for young people to meet, exchange ideas and learn about their neighbours and neighbourhood," said Councillor Cho. "The new space will help make our community stronger and safer.”

"With shared goals of fostering youth engagement, success and learning opportunities, Toronto Public Library and the SPOT are natural partners," said Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East), Chair of the Toronto Public Library Board. “Our vibrant, shared building space allows us to effectively collaborate to respond to the interests and needs of youth in the Malvern area. More than ever, this community hub has now become the place for youth to be."

The SPOT is a Youth Challenge Fund legacy initiative that was created in partnership with the City of Toronto, the Toronto Public Library and East Metro Youth Services (as operator of the ProTech Media Centre - funded by Microsoft and Renewed Computer Technology).

“Today is a great day for our young people," said JoAnne Doyle, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, United Way Toronto."This valuable new community space will give them a place to meet, discover, create and build important connections with one another. The SPOT is a strong example of what today’s young leaders can accomplish when supported by adults, allies and institutional partners."

The SPOT is a youth-led space initiative that serves as a safe place where young people ages 14 to 25 can develop their creative voice while acquiring skills for long-term individual and community success.

"We are proud to engage with the Malvern youth community to operate a multimedia lab that educates and empowers youth to enhance their media skills," said Janice Sellon, East Metro Youth Services.

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