Ottawa, Ontario May 5th 2015 – A pilot project aimed at youth participants of the Pathways to Education program received a generous grant from The Community Foundation of Ottawa. This is a great step in advocating for computer career skills programming needed to help bridge the digital divide gap in the city.
This TechYouth program is one that will give At-Risk youth, primarily from Aboriginal and Newcomer communities, practical work experience in an eight-week session led by CompuCorps staff, IT volunteer professional mentors, and community volunteers. The program will offer the youth of Pathways to Education, four different modules of computer learning including; refurbishment & computer building, Software & troubleshooting, coding and safety on the internet. The program in its entirety allows youth to communicate in a common technical language; create community bonds, which expand further than their peer group at school; helps bridge certain barriers; as well as to create a chance for both employ-ability and school skills.
The Pathways to Education program provides a comprehensive set of academic, financial and social supports to youth. The results of this unique program have been groundbreaking, reducing high school dropout rates by as much as 70 per cent, and increasing the rate at which youth go on to college or university by up to 300 per cent. The pilot project will provide youth an innovation hub where members of the community can come to either learn, partner, volunteer or donate to a program which helps to bridge the digital divide in the Ottawa community. The overall impact of this program has three main proponents: Employability, Mentorship, and Technology. School-to-work transition helps youth secure and maintain employment and today’s employers are looking for tech savvy individuals, meaning that teaching technology is a great tool to advance these youth.
The Community Foundation of Ottawa is a public, non-profit organization created by and for the people of Ottawa. It connects donors who care with causes that matter and serves as a trusted resource for addressing issues and leveraging opportunities in the community. It attracts and manages a growing endowment, the invested earnings of which provide grants to charitable organizations. The Foundation’s role is as neutral broker in support of all charitable causes that contribute to the community’s quality of life. With a growing profile, the Community Foundation of Ottawa has built an enviable reputation for astute financial management, high-quality donor services, strategic grant making and innovative partnerships. For more information, visit www.cfo-fco.ca.
For more information please contact:
Director of Communications
CompuCorps Mentoring Inc
613 234 8988 x 114