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MEMORANDUM TO: Secondary School Guidance Counsellors and Career Educators across Ontario
FROM: Joanne Brown
Ontario School Counsellors’ Association
PO Box 60
Ontario Volunteer Centre Network
c/o Volunteer MBC
7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 601
DATE: January 8th
SUBJECT: 2015 ChangeTheWorld – Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge
From April 12 to May 24, the eighth annual ChangeTheWorld - Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is
being held across the province. This is a six-week campaign promoting youth volunteerism among
Ontario’s high school students.
ChangeTheWorld is delivered through a partnership between the Government of Ontario and the Ontario
Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN). Since 2008, more than 140,000 young people have volunteered over
643,000 hours through this campaign.
ChangeTheWorld challenges high school students all across Ontario aged 14 to 18 to volunteer a
minimum of three hours over six weeks. Participation in this campaign is open to all secondary school
students across the province and contributes to the 40-community involvement hours required to obtain
an Ontario high school diploma.
Last year, close to 40,000 youth volunteered a record of 210,000 hours, working with their schools, local
Volunteer Centres and community service organizations. As in previous years, the OVCN along with 23
Volunteer Centres representing communities across Ontario will be providing guidance, resources, and
hands-on assistance to school staff and their students in creating or participating in enjoyable and
memorable volunteer experiences.
As the guidance and career educators of your schools, you can be the ambassadors to help promote the
ChangeTheWorld campaign by encouraging students to participate. Our youth are increasingly seeking
opportunities to improve their local communities by giving their time, skills and talents as volunteers for
causes they deem important. This campaign is the perfect tool that helps students find their passion and
develop essential skills for their future careers.
If your school is interested in participating in volunteer events during ChangeTheWorld, visit ctw.ovcn.ca
for more information. We would be delighted if you could share this information with your school staff,
faculty and student councils and/or groups, to make them aware of the many events taking place in their
In the meantime, please remember that Volunteer Centres across Ontario are here to help your students
find volunteer opportunities year-round. To remove the burden from your plates, you can simply direct
them to ctw.ovcn.ca; and there they can locate and contact the closest Volunteer Centre to them.
Joanne Brown Carine Strong