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October 24, 2004
Toronto Parks and Recreation launches new program to help youth
Today, at Malvern Arena, Toronto Parks and Recreation launched the Youth
Skating Leadership Program that is targeted at youth between 13 and 17, and
aims to provide an opportunity to learn a concrete skill - skating, which can
be used to qualify for a job once a degree of proficiency has been obtained.

The program has three areas of focus: initially, the participants are taught
basic skating techniques and progressively move forward to more advanced
techniques. Then, while continuing to practice skating techniques, the
participants will be taught how to teach the skating courses that Parks and
Recreation offers. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to attend a
free referee clinic which will help develop leadership skills in this area.
Each of the three components will include leadership skill development that the
participants can bring with them when they apply for a job with Parks and
Recreation or any other organization.

This program was developed in response to a need identified by the community
and is one of the 85 projects implemented by the City of Toronto and funded by
the Ontario Works Program. It is consistent with the objectives in Our Common
Ground, Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan 2004.

For more information about the program call 416-395-7887 or 416-395-7969.

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