Creating jobs to stem youth violence

Toronto Board of Trade challenges businesses to create 1,000 new job opportunities by September
||Last Updated: 04/12/2006

Gun-related youth violence has been on the rise in Toronto over the past couple of years. One factor that contributes to youth violence is a lack of economic opportunities in some neighbourhoods, according to the president of the Toronto Board of Trade.

"There are many good young people across the city who are considered at risk because of where they live," said Glen Grunwald. "They don't want to be at risk. They just want an opportunity."

In an effort to provide these opportunities, the Board of Trade launched the Youth ONE Campaign with the goal of creating 1,000 jobs, apprenticeships or training opportunities for young people in Toronto's priority neighbourhoods.