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Friday, July 13, 2007

Caribana groups reach out to youth

A lot of the Caribana's critics argue that we have been putting on a festival in this city for 40 years now and all we do is party and jump and wave and at the end of the day we have nothing to show for it.
So when I see a mainstream publication writting an article that put Caribana and its organizers in a positive light I wanted to show it to you bloggers living outside of the city. Enjoy...

This is an article I pulled from one of our daily papers in Toronto called 24 hours
The article was written by SOPHIE NICHOLLS

It's not just about celebrating music, dance and culture, it's about building for the future.
More than a dozen community groups across the city have united to reach out to Toronto's youth during the 40th annual Caribana festival.
Several programs and events including arts camps, workshops and employment opportunities during this year's festival are working to empower young people between 16 and 24 years old, encouraging them to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams.
"We are going to try to make this happen and change the world," said NBA star Jamaal Magloire at the Eaton Centre Thursday, where community leaders and politicians announced the festival's new initiative. "These are only small steps ... we have to keep it going year after year."
The highlight for more than 500 youths selected by the 16 organizations will be the Imagine Music festival on Aug. 4 when they will receive a free day pass to Ontario Place, the official Caribana Village and a ticket to an evening concert featuring R&B and pop singer-songwriter Ne-Yo and Grammy award winner Sean Paul.

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