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January 28, 2009
City launches pilot Community Leadership After School Program (CLASP)
The City of Toronto, together with associates of the Community Leadership After-School Program (CLASP) stakeholders advisory committee and representatives from the RBC Foundation, will officially launch an after-school leadership program for youth ages 11 to 14.

Date: Thursday, January 29
Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Location: Lawrence Heights Community Centre, 5 Replin Rd.

CLASP is designed to provide a safe space for young adolescents to explore their emerging identities and to take safe risks in areas where they may not have had to challenge themselves - in music, arts, sports, science, cooking and gardening. The program is also an opportunity for youth to explore their neighbourhood in order to develop an understanding of what makes up a healthy community, and to participate in organizing events that promote their area.

CLASP was developed in conjunction with the East African Community Association, New Heights Community Health Centre, Lawrence Heights Middle School and the Barbara Frum Library. Aided by a grant from the RBC Foundation, the program launch will be commemorated with youth performances by members of CLASP, a keynote speaker and panel discussion highlighting the goals of the program.

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. In the past three years, 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.

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