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MTS unveils $100,000 grant program to help youth groups

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Robb Nash talks about his work helping youth during the launch of MTS's new  initiative Future First.

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The province's youth organizations will be $100,000 richer next year.

The money is coming from a new community investment program created by MTS called "Future First".

Starting in 2014 the telecommunications company will be offering youth-serving organizations grant opportunities totalling $100,000.

The funding will be going to organizations that specifically focus on "youth advancement" and positive social change.

"Manitoba’s youth face many challenges," including poverty and lack of access to education and work, said Pierre Blouin, MTS Allstream CEO during the launch event. "But there are many organizations in the community working to improve these barriers.

"It's our intention with Future First to provide support to these organizations and help provide the means to create new initiatives," said Blouin.

The Future First strategy also incorporates post-secondary scholarships, sponsorships, employee volunteerism, and a corporate United Way campaign.

Recipients of the Future First grants will be presented with the $10,000 on Manitoba Day, May 12.

MTS will be releasing more details about how to apply for Future First grants and the selection process in early 2014.

Blouin said MTS provides up to a million dollars in community investment each year.

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Updated on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM CST: Writethru

3:38 PM: Photo added.

5:36 PM: Tweaks quote.

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