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  • April 14, 2015

Students in Orléans Take Up the Challenge to “Change the World”

Youth Volunteers Today, Community Leaders Tomorrow


ChangeTheWorld is a six-week campaign, delivered in partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network, that encourages young people aged 14 to 18 to volunteer for at least three hours in their communities. The campaign kicked off on April 12 to celebrate National Volunteer Week and it will end on May 24.

Volunteer Ottawa is coordinating the campaign in Ottawa.

Last year, 7,327 Ottawa high school students contributed 30,054 volunteer hours during ChangeTheWorld.

Promoting Ontario’s tradition of volunteering is part of the government's economic plan to build economically and socially vibrant communities across the province. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

“I am proud to see so many young people in Orléans making a positive impact in their community. Ontario benefits from these committed and inspiring young people whose volunteer experience today is helping prepare them for leadership tomorrow.” — Marie-France Lalonde, MPP, Ottawa-Orléans

“The ChangeTheWorld: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge gets youth involved in causes and issues they feel passionate about. ChangeTheWorld has helped thousands of young people make a difference in communities across the province, find confidence in themselves, and develop their talents and skills through volunteerism.”
— Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade

“The ChangeTheWorld youth volunteer challenge, coordinated by Volunteer Ottawa, will connect more than 7,000 youth volunteers with organizations in Ottawa to make meaningful impact in their community. Volunteer Ottawa understands youth volunteers are integral to the success of many community programs, events and initiatives”
—Dobrila Rancic Moogk, Chair of the Board of Directors, Volunteer Ottawa


  • For a list of opportunities, contact
  • National volunteer week runs from April 12 to 18.
  • Youth aged 15 to 24 have the highest volunteer rate at 58.1% in Ontario.
  • Ontario students must complete 40 volunteer hours to graduate from high school.
  • Since 2008, over 140,000 Ontario youth have contributed more than 640,000 volunteer hours in their communities through ChangeTheWorld.
  • TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games estimates 23,000 volunteers will be needed for the games.

Bismah Haq

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