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April 28, 2010
Mayor Miller to open youth space in Weston-Mt. Dennis community hub
Mayor David Miller will be joined by representatives from the For Youth Initiative (FYI), the Youth Challenge Fund, the City of Toronto, United Way and the George and Rachel Kostman family to officially open a new youth-focused community space at 1652 Keele St. in Weston-Mt. Dennis.

Date: Friday, April 30
Time: 5 p.m.
Place: 1652 Keele St. (south of Eglinton Avenue)

The youth-focused community space was planned and built by youth for youth. It includes a computer room, lounge, dance space, kitchen, boardroom and offices.

Mayor David Miller and Lekan Olawoye, Executive Director of FYI, will also present scholarships to five young people who have shown exceptional community leadership and will be moving onto higher education.

During the renovation of 1652 Keele, 10 young people from the community received training through the Carpenter’s Union and hired on by the contractor hsi solutions to take part in the build. More than half of these youth have now moved to other apprenticeship opportunities with the union and the general contractor, and one youth has returned to school in preparation for an apprenticeship.

The following partners contributed to the success of this project: Carpenters’ Local Union 27 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust Fund (Local 27); Ontario Industrial and Finishing Skills Centre (OIFSC); Youth Employment Services (YES); Gateway Café: Get In Gear Program; and City of Toronto divisions Social Development, Finance and Administration, Facilities Management, Human Resources and Toronto Employment and Social Services.

This opening is among the community infrastructure and enhancement projects funded through the City of Toronto’s Partnership Opportunities Legacy (POL) Fund. The POL Fund is being used for new social, programming and recreational facilities, and other infrastructure improvements. It also gives priority to youth focused initiatives at the neighbourhood level.

Upon completion of the POL Fund, it is anticipated that $37.7 million in new leveraged infrastructure investment will have been made in Toronto’s 13 priority neighbourhoods, of which $13 million is direct City investment. For every dollar the City invests in building community capital infrastructure via POL Fund, the City has leveraged approximately $1.90 in partnership funding.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Jane Scarffe, Communications Consultant, City of Toronto, 416-397-4062,
Lekan Olawoye Executive Director, For Youth Initiative, 416-652-9618,



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