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April 28, 2007 13:35 ET

Canada's New Government Invests in Langley's Youth

LANGLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 28, 2007) - Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced $291,112 funding for Youth Enhancing Aquatic Habitats 2007 (YEAH), a project to help youth in British Columbia make a successful transition into the workforce.

"Canada's New Government is proud to support a project that will help students at risk make the transition into the labour market," said Mr. Warawa. "Today's announcement and our work with the Langley Environmental Partners Society reflect our commitment to helping young people who face barriers to employment acquire the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to participate in the job market."

The Township of Langley provided $123,877 in funding for YEAH 2007. "We are very happy to work in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Langley Environmental Partners Society. YEAH will be an effective project, providing young people with the life skills they need while addressing environmental issues within the Township of Langley," said Kurt Alberts, Township of Langley Mayor.

The 26-week project will help 20 at-risk youth overcome their barriers to employment by providing them with the life and job skills needed to make the transition into the labour force or return to school. As part of the program, the youth will develop a career plan, participate in a series of healthy-living and social life skills workshops, and work in teams on environmental protection and enhancement projects.

Service Canada is funding this project through Skills Link, one of Canada's youth employment programs. Canada's New Government is committed to improving opportunities for youth. It works with employers, community organizations and other levels of government to ensure all young people have the opportunity to develop their skills and become contributing members of their communities.

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Backgrounder

Skills Link

The Skills Link program is one of three programs that help young Canadians aged 15 to 30 obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed. The two other programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.

Skills Link focuses on helping young people who face barriers to employment such as high school drop-outs, single parents, Aboriginal youth, persons with disabilities, youth in rural areas and recent immigrants. Summer Work Experience helps secondary and post-secondary students find summer jobs. Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates develop advanced skills and find careers in their fields. All three programs provide a range of activities that can be tailored to meet individual needs.

Projects funded under the Skills Link program have been reviewed to ensure compliance with the Department's Grants and Contributions program and are subject to review under the Financial Administration Act.

Any employer, organization or individual seeking more information about youth programs and services should go to servicecanada.gc.ca, call the Youth Info Line at 1-800-935-5555, or visit a local Service Canada Centre.

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