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April 7, 2009
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Department of Social Services and Seniors Provides $2500 Grant to Hillsborough Helping Hands Teen Drop-in Group

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A community drop-in group for teens in the Hillsborough neighbourhood of Charlottetown will soon receive support from the Department of Social Services and Seniors, Minister Doug Currie announced today.

Helping Hands is program run by Hillsborough Promoters, a volunteer-run organization that helps Hillsborough teens develop skills, interests, and confidence through after-school activities such as arts and sports programs, community clean-ups, and by providing guest speakers on issues as youth depression, drugs, and self-esteem.

Minister Currie announced today the Department of Social Services and Seniors will contribute a one-time grant of $2,500 to help Hillsborough Helping Hands develop and implement four new after-school and weekend programs for 13 to 16 year old residents of the community.

“The Helping Hands program helps give teens in the Hillsborough community the tools to make good decisions for their futures, so they can make positive contributions to their neighbourhood and to the entire Island community,” said Minister Currie. “I am pleased the dedicated group of volunteers at Helping Hands will be able to continue their work with the support of our government.”

Tracadie-Hillsborough Park MLA Buck Watts joined Minister Currie on Monday as he presented the grant to the chair of Hillsborough Promoters, James Clow. “The Helping Hands program is helping young people in Hillsborough Park realize that they are valuable members of our community with much to offer,” said Mr. Watts.

The support will help pay for supplies, transportation and equipment for four new programs. They include study groups led by University of PEI students; volunteering sessions to engage students with the community; an after-school physical activity program; and a social skills development course, teaching students conflict resolution, anger management and problem-solving skills to enhance their confidence and self-esteem.

Media Contact: Stefanie Arduini
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