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March 24, 2004
Beat the Street and Arts Education Program share City's Youth Innovation Award
Councillor Olivia Chow, Chair of the Community Services Committee, announced
today that two programs will share this year's Youth Innovation Award. Frontier
College's Beat the Street Learning Centre and A Home for Creative Opportunity's
"After School Children's and Youth's Arts Education Program" will share the
$5,000 cash award.

"These two outstanding programs demonstrate the incredible scope and quality of
youth programs operating in Toronto," said Councillor Chow.

Beat the Street provides a flexible literacy program, a General Educational
Development program (high school equivalency test) for youth who have not
completed high school, and computer skills training and creative projects for
at-risk, street-involved and homeless youth aged 16-29. The program also offers
Peace Power, a creative and positive approach to building a culture of
non-violence. Last year, the program provided more than 14,000 hours of
instruction to learners.

The "After School Children's and Youth's Arts Education Program" provides high
quality, free arts programming in Regent Park to children and youth aged 4 -
17. The program offers workshops by professional artists, art therapy, conflict
resolution, and youth employment opportunities. Last year, over 300 children
and youth participated in the program's workshops and activities.

The Youth Innovation Award, which was presented this year for the third time,
was established to honour youth programs that have shown innovation
  • delivering existing services in a new and more effective manner or developing new forms of service to meet community need
  • engaging youth in the planning and delivery of service.
"Dozens of exciting youth
programs were nominated for the award," Councillor Chow said. "The response
reflects the quality of youth programs right across the city."

A panel of community service providers and members of the Toronto Youth Cabinet
selected the winning projects.

Media contacts:
Councillor Olivia Chow
Community Services Committee

Robert Davis
Beat the Street Learning Centre

Seanna Connel
After School Children's and Youth's Arts Education Program



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