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Thousands of Frontier College volunteers
are working across Canada right now!

Frontier College is Canada's vehicle for youth engagement

TORONTO, Ontario - October 14, 2005 - Recent studies show that youth volunteerism is down - and declining. At the same time Frontier College, Canada's only literacy organization working across Canada and in both official languages, is recruiting more young people as literacy tutors and mentors than ever before. Why?

Because as advocates for literacy and lifelong learning, they know that sharing these important tools will make Canada a better country. By engaging in literacy action through Frontier College, these young people are learning about people and the society in which they live. They are learning about the lives of the dispossessed, and most importantly, about themselves. They are building the literacy foundation of Canada so that successive generations of Canadians are more literate, cultured, and engaged in the life of their country.

"My work as a tutor has been so rewarding. It has left me feeling empowered and motivated in a way that none of my other volunteer positions have. Being a literacy tutor means I am making a difference in the world and that feels great."
Frontier College volunteer

Frontier College trains these volunteers to work with over 300 community partner agencies across Canada. They are working with children, teens, and adults - in reading circles, homework clubs, small groups, and classes. These are our leaders of tomorrow.

Frontier College volunteers are engaged in vital community service across Canada. They have a story to tell. About their experience as a volunteer and mentor. And, about how they are changing the social fabric of this country by taking action.

Volunteers are available for interview in all parts of Canada. They are waiting to tell the story of how they are changing the social fabric of this country through their volunteer work with Canada's Frontier College.

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Literacy is an essential skill in today's world. At Frontier College, we believe it's a fundamental right.
Low literacy skills are directly linked to poverty, poor health and high unemployment. Nearly one in four adult Canadians has trouble with everyday tasks that involve reading. That's millions of Canadians who are not reaching their potential. Through a network of thousands of volunteers, Frontier College is helping people to realize their potential and seize the opportunities that come their way.
www.frontiercollege.ca

For more information or to arrange an interview with a volunteer, please contact:
Sandi Kiverago, Director of Communications
Frontier College, 416-923-3591 x318
skiverago@frontiercollege.ca

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