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August 13, 2004
Media Advisory: Youth activism and service celebrated at "The Cause"
The Toronto Youth Cabinet is hosting its third annual celebration of youth
activism and service, "The Cause", on Tuesday, August 17, from 3 p.m. to 7
p.m., at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall.

The Cause brings together more than 40 community organizations from all over
Toronto to engage youth in youth-led skill-building workshops, live
entertainment and lots of passion, excitement and energy, in order to help
young people find their "cause." The Cause is a day for youth, by youth.

In addition, the Toronto Youth Cabinet's second annual Identify 'n' Impact
Youth Awards will take place at 4:30 p.m. Five awards will be presented to
Toronto young people in the following categories: Dedication to Youth Advocacy,
Building Community Through the Arts or Athletics, Street Level Advocate,
Amazing Young Activist and Newcomer Youth Activist.

Workshops start at 3:15 p.m. and cover topics like global citizenship,
community anti-violence, the student movement in Canada and creating community
for newcomer/queer youth. They are youth-led by members of Supporting Our Youth
(SOY), Project Notsomuch, The Canadian Federation of Students and Youth
Challenge International.

Youth organizations and services showcasing opportunities for youth to get
involved include Beat the Street, Serving our Youth, For Youth Initiative,
Jamaican Canadian Association, Youth Challenge International, Shameless
Magazine, Serve Canada and more. Live entertainment will feature local youth
artists such as Jugular, Slangblossom, The Whoremoans, Funk Fanatics, and
spoken word, improv and graffiti artists.

Media contact:
Denise Campbell, Toronto Youth Cabinet Co-ordinator, 416 392-4927



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