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IMPACT SERIES: This Agency Connects Youth to Fun and Work Every Summer

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IMPACT SERIES: This Agency Connects Youth to Fun and Work Every Summer

You need to know about this awesome agency that’s providing more than 550 weeks worth of support to teens and youth this summer.

Drumroll, please, for this incredible agency!

Community Living Mississauga hosts several programs that boast fun and work opportunities for youth.

Here’s what their Communications Manager, Brett Paveling, has to tell you:

“A shared belief that an inclusive community is a strong community has been the foundation of the long-standing relationship between the United Way of Peel Region and Community Living Mississauga.

Over the years, this relationship has given hundreds of children, teens and youth who have an intellectual disability to participate in activities throughout the city and region.

The Summer Teen Activity Program offers youth, 10 to 21 years old a diverse and exciting opportunity that allows the youth to make the most of all that the summertime has to offer.


Program staff support groups of approximately four participants to plan and participate in a variety of community activities like sports, art, shopping, movies, sight-seeing, and special events. Teens are grouped according to age, needs, and where they live.

The program gives youth the opportunity to develop their leisure interests, enrich their life experiences, and make new friends, all while having fun. Staff support participants to become more familiar with their community while developing new skills and independence.

Teens who are interested in finding a summer job may choose to participate in the Summer Work Experience Program.

This program, available to all teens from the ages of 16 up to and including the summer of their graduating year, locates supported work for participants, on a paid or unpaid basis, as much as possible in a setting consistent with their career choices. The focus of the program is on work experience, opportunities for inclusion, and tasks that develop work-related skills and increase independence.

Younger children, from age 4-12, take advantage of the opportunities that the Children’s Summer Support Program provides. Program staff provide one-to-one support to a child while they participate in a community-based summer camp.

Each of these programs, all of which receive funding from the United Way of Peel Region, provide opportunities for participants to take part in activities alongside other children, teens, youth or co-workers of all ability levels.

Thanks to this support, more than 170 children, teens and youth will be able to receive more than 550 weeks of support during July and August of 2017.

And, while each of these participants have benefitted from United Way of Peel Region’s support, so have countless others who’ve had the opportunity to experience inclusivity firsthand while they attend camp or work alongside these 170 individuals.

By funding programs which support children, teens and youth who have an intellectual disability to participate in community-based activities, United Way of Peel Region is helping Community Living Mississauga build a more welcoming and inclusive community.”

When you give to United Way, you allow Community Living Mississauga to run their programs across the community!

Register for our Campaign Kick-off on September 15 here.

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