Get involved in ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge as part of National Volunteer Week 2012


ChangeTheWorld: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is a three-week campaign with a goal to get students to volunteer in their community, and serve the community involvement hours toward their high school diploma. This year, Ontario is asking 25,000 young people to volunteer 3 hours over the three week campaign, and ACCESS' Youth Making a Difference Conference is part of this challenge. The ChangeTheWorld: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge runs for 3 weeks (April 15 to May 6, 2012) and coincides with the Youth Making a Difference Conference (April 26, 2012) and National Volunteer Week (April 15 to 21, 2012).

ACCESS invites all youth in the Peel Region to register for the fourth annual Youth Making a Difference Conference being hosted April 26 in Mississauga, online today. This is a great way for youth to network with community organizations, be inspired by other youth activists, and obtain the tools to make a difference in their own community.

This year, ACCESS has joined Volunteer MBC's ChangeTheWorld 2012 Campaign with our Youth Making a Difference Conference. Interested Volunteers can sign-up to help at the conference online through Volunteer MBC here. The challenge provides the opportunity for youth to connect to community organizations and provides an awesome experience and incredible memories.

Youth are the future of our communities. ACCESS is youth-run organization aiming to inspire and empower other youth.

Facts About Volunteering in Ontario

  • In 2011, close to 15,000 youth participated in ChangeTheWorld with nearly 45,000 volunteer hours.
  • To date, the ChangeTheWorld challenge has seen 35,218 youth volunteer a total of 141,435 hours.
  • Ontario students must complete 40 volunteer hours to graduate from high school
  • Each year, over five million Ontarians volunteer in their communities
  • ChangeTheWorld's success supports Imagine Canada's recent findings that Canada's voluntary and non-profit sector is the 2nd largest in the world

About ChangeTheWorld ChangeTheWorld is delivered in partnership between the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) and the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN). It is a call to action for youth aged 14 to 18 years to volunteer through a wide variety of exciting community initiatives. The goal is to inspire youth to volunteer in our communities, develop new skills, and broaden their awareness of community service organizations.

About Volunteer MBC Volunteer MBC is a volunteer centre serving the cities of Mississauga and Brampton, and the Town of Caledon. The centre offers a referral and matching service for volunteer placement within the community for all ages. They also provide education and support for volunteers and community service agencies and organizations, and serve the corporate community with various programming services that engage individual and team volunteering. Additionally, the centre strives to be a strong voice to support and promote volunteerism. For more on Volunteer MBC and to find volunteer opportunities, visit

About ACCESS: Allowing Children a Chance at Education ACCESS is a youth-run organization aiming to provide children in the developing world with opportunity through education. Locally, ACCESS educates youth about related world issues, and to inspire them to make a difference globally. ACCESS envisions the empowerment of generations of leaders through education in order to inspire meaningful development in their own communities. For more information about ACCESS, visit or to learn more about Youth Making a Difference, visit