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May 7, 2004
Identify 'n' Impact awards enter second year of celebrating Toronto's youth
  
For the second year in a row, the Toronto Youth Cabinet will present Identify
'n' Impact awards to five young people aged 13 to 24. Cash awards of $500 will
be made to one winner in each of the following categories: Dedication to Youth
Advocacy, Building Community through the Arts or Athletics, Street Level
Advocate, Amazing Young Activist and Newcomer Youth Award. Youth are encouraged
to apply themselves, and also to nominate their peers for these awards.

The awards, which were given for the first time in 2003, are designed to
promote and celebrate youth who are working to create positive change in
communities across Toronto. Through the awards, the Toronto Youth Cabinet is
demonstrating the difference that even one youth can make.

"In many cases, the hardest part about building positive change is getting
started," said Councillor Olivia Chow, Toronto's Children and Youth Advocate.
"These awards introduce some truly special young people who have taken that
first step, and followed it to a path of major success in their neighbourhoods
and communities. That's something we all need to encourage and celebrate."

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 Wednesday, August 18 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
http://www.torontoyouth.com. Youth can also call 416-392-4927 to get an
application form.

Media contacts:
Councillor Olivia Chow, 416-392-4044
Ike Okafor, Toronto Youth Cabinet Coordinator, 416-392-4927



 

 

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