Chief Visits Manitoba-Funded Summer Programs

By Sarah Klein

Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief with Green Team members at Camp Manitou on Friday, July 6, 2012. (PROVINCE OF MANITOBA)

The Manitoba government’s investment in summer youth programs was on display Friday, as Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief visited Camp Manitou in Headingley just west of Winnipeg.

The camp is just one of many recipients of the province’s funding for community-led projects around Manitoba that will eventually impact 60,000 children.

The non-profit camp charity focuses on serving more than 2,500 children and youth who would not otherwise be able to go to camp. The camp receives funding through Manitoba’s Green Team program to hire and mentor young people as leaders and be positive role models to campers.

Other programming includes career partnerships with universities, the Manitoba Youth Job Centre and Odd Job Squads, and STEP Services — the province’s official student employment placement service.