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December 2, 2005
Multi-media project takes flight for Jane/Finch youth
At a ceremony today, Mayor David Miller joined a team of community partners to celebrate the achievements of 10 young people in the Jane/Finch Introduction to Multi-media Pilot Project. As part of the Mayor’s Community Safety Plan, this project capitalized on young people’s interest in arts and culture to engage them in academic, economic, social, violence prevention and skill-building opportunities.

Participants had 10 weeks of training, covering magazine publishing, video and job skills training. As well, each youth will complete a two-week workplace internship.

The Mayor’s Community Safety Plan balances enforcement with prevention. Toronto is helping young people in vulnerable neighbourhoods get access to constructive employment opportunities before they ever get involved with criminal activity. This project shows how community partners can work together to provide these opportunities. Partners in this project include the City of Toronto, Seneca College, the Jamaican Canadian Association, YMCA and Toronto Community Housing.

“This is the exact kind of connection we want through the Community Safety Plan,” said Mayor Miller. “Each partner brought resources and perspectives to the table that contributed to these young people’s future. We need to work with federal and provincial governments to expand this kind of program across the city.”

Seneca College and the other organizations involved with this project all have a long history of working with the Jane/Finch community.

“Seneca is a proud partner in this project,” said Seneca College President, Dr. Rick Miner. “We are committed to providing a variety of educational opportunities that benefit the communities we serve and in the Jane/Finch neighbourhood, our presence is a longstanding one - through our Yorkgate campus and our work with community partners.”

As the Jane/Finch Introduction to Multi-media Pilot Project nears completion, the partners will apply the lessons learned to new initiatives. Initiatives focusing on multi-media provide exciting opportunities for communities to work with the City of Toronto to promote healthy and positive change through youth-led artistic expression.

Media contacts:

Patchen Barss
Office of the Mayor
416-294-0897 (cell)

Manjit Jheeta
Toronto Social Development, Finance and Administration

Laura Mandell
Seneca College
416-491-5050 ext. 2352



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