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Province launches first annual 2013 Youth Summer Employment Programs

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A student gets a hug from Kevin Chief at the youth jobs announcement.

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The Manitoba government launched the first annual 2013 Youth Summer Employment Programs at Central Park today, which has created 5,000 jobs for youth across the province this summer. The launch was led by Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief.

"Not only do they have jobs (the youth) but they have jobs that build on their skills day after day, week after week," said Chief.

Over 200 people attended the launch, including students from Shamattawa, Paungassi and Lac Brochet who are training through the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sports Achievement Centre North program to become nurses’ assistants within their communities this summer.

"You see young Ukrainians working with young aboriginals, who are working with new Canadians," he said. "That’s our future workforce.

This year, Manitoba Children and Youth Opportunities is contributing more than $9 million to the summer employment programs. The provincial government aims to create 75,000 new jobs by 2020.

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