New program schools young women on leadership

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Some 25 young women in Cornwall and area are being sought to fill the ranks of a new program that aims to teach them how to embrace leadership opportunities.

The Eastern Ontario Training Board, which received $170,400 from the federal government, is seeking applicants that will take part in a 24-month project that will provide young women aged 15 to 17 with opportunities in civic and community leadership development.

Students will be pared with female mentors in Cornwall, including city councillors, and will also sit as members of different boards at not-for-profit and for-profit agencies.

The desire, said MP Guy Lauzon in announcing the program, is to foster leadership qualities in young women at an early age.

"We know young women have what it takes to be leaders, and we want them to have opportunities to learn, to be mentored, and to gain skills and confidence for success," he said. "Through this project, the organization will help participants gain important leadership skills, and learn how to take on challenges of leadership at the civic and community levels."

Diane Soucie, project manager at the training board, said those looking to take part in the program should act quickly.

"We want the project to be 'girl-led'," she said. "Everyone who applies will be interviewed.

"They will (have to complete) some community work. But they will get a real appreciation for what their interests are."

The federal government has earmarked more than $4.8 million to date in funding to organizations to carry out projects that promote leadership and economic prosperity among girls and young women.

The applicaiton is expected to be posted to the training board website (eotb-cfeo.on.ca) and you can also call them for more information at 613-932-0210.

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