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March 23, 2004
Media Advisory: Live Rap performance and art exhibit highlight youth award ceremony
Youth Innovation Award to be presented to dynamic youth programs

Councillor Olivia Chow will present the Youth Innovation Award at a news

Date: Wednesday, March 24
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 3

Two programs will share the $5,000 cash award:

· Beat the Street Learning Centre at Frontier College which provides literacy
and computer skills training to at-risk, street-involved and homeless youth.

· The After School Children's and Youth's Arts Education Program at A Home for
Creative Opportunity which provides free visual arts programming, art therapy,
conflict resolution and employment opportunities for children and youth in
Regent Park.

Youth from both projects will participate in the news conference. Members of
Peace Power, a multi-racial youth outreach group from Beat the Street, will
perform an interactive spoken word and musical piece. Works of art designed by
youth of the After School Children's and Youth's Art Education Program will be
on display. There will be an opportunity to photograph the performances,
displays and award presentations.

The Youth Innovation Award was established to honour youth programs that have
shown innovation in:

· delivering existing services in a new and more effective manner or developing
new forms of services to meet community need; and
· engaging youth in the planning and delivery of service.

Media contacts:
Councillor Olivia Chow Chair, Community Services Committee,
Bob Gallagher, Councillor Chow's Office, 416-456-4043



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