The ChangeTheWorld campaign puts the spotlight on direct, effective change in local communities. With this initiative, social enthusiasts aged 14 to 18 are empowered to engage in diverse community events. To date, 181 638 youth from Ontario have given back to the province, over the course of 870 724 remarkable hours.
The ChangeTheWorld: Ontario Youth Challenge is a program of the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade (MCIIT) that aims to empower youth aged 14 to 18 to be a force for good in their school and /or local community. Now in its ninth year, the ChangeTheWorld challenge will see students from across Ontario be part of a provincial campaign that encourages them to see the value of civic responsibility. They learn that the contributions they make support and strengthen their communities.
Participation in the campaign is open to all secondary school students across the province and contributes to the 40 community involvement hours required to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students who participate in the campaign have the opportunity to volunteer with their friends and to be part of a larger provincial initiative that demonstrates their contribution to communities in Ontario. We encourage you to engage the students in your school. Throughout Ontario last year, almost 41,400 youth volunteered an astounding 226,982 hours. Let's keep the momentum going.
ChangeTheWorld also allows secondary students to count volunteer hours from a SpeakUp Project towards the ChangeTheWorld campaign. Since 2008, SpeakUp Project grants from the Ministry of Education's Student Voice initiative have been open to students in grades 7-12 at publicly funded schools. These grants are for student-led projects designed to strengthen student engagement (academically, socially, and intellectually) and have a lasting impact in the school community.
ChangeTheWorld 2016 kicks off during National Volunteer Week and runs for six weeks from April 10 through to May 22, 2016. ChangeTheWorld is delivered through a partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) and its 24 local volunteer centres.