Province’s Role Model-Based Programs Get Funding Boost

The Manitoba government is providing an additional $255,000 to the Manitoba Mentors program.

The non-profit program allows youth to benefit from knowledge given by positive role models. In its first year, 950 students were enrolled to gain knowledge from employers in the Manitoba Mentors Speakers Bureau.

“Every parent wants their child to have the very best opportunities in life,” Premier Greg Selinger said on Friday. “And having the opportunity to learn from a good role model will help our children reach their full potential. We are working with exceptional partners in a wide variety of fields to make sure more children have the chance to be inspired, make the most of their skills and to find out what their true passion is.”

The program is projected to serve more than 1,500 students by the end of June 2013 and 2,500 students by 2014.

Manitoba-based business solution firm Protegra Business and Technology Solutions is a partner in the program, and was recently ranked as one of Canada’s best employers. Friday’s announcement was made at Protegra’s Scurfield Boulevard office.

The province is also investing $200,000 into the Artists in Schools program, which brings artists together with students and teachers through special residencies in schools throughout Manitoba.

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