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December 19, 2013

Supporting Programs that Foster Innovation in
Children and Youth

Provincial Government Provides $10,000 to Enterprise Olympics Program

The Provincial Government is continuing its partnership with the YMCA of Northeast Avalon with a $10,000 investment in the 20th annual Enterprise Olympics program, which is offered to elementary, junior high and high school students across Newfoundland and Labrador.

“The Enterprise Olympics program encourages children and youth to think creatively and develop their enterprising skills. With small and medium-sized businesses making significant contributions to the province’s economy, it is important to encourage entrepreneurial thinking among our students and help foster their ability to become successful entrepreneurs.”
- The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Education

The Enterprise Olympics program includes three separate and innovative projects: the Create a Logo program for students in Grades 4-6, Community Matters, which supports social studies, Language Arts and Career Exploration curriculum for students in Grades 7-9, and the Venture Marketing Plan for high school students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship 3209 course.

“The YMCA of Northeast Avalon is proud of its Enterprise Olympics program, which is in its 20th year. This program identifies and supports the creativity, talent and initiative of young people. We hope it will influence their future decisions to start their own businesses and be a part of the growth of Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy.”
- Melanie Maher, Enterprise Olympics Project Co-ordinator, YMCA of Northeast Avalon

This year, 10 students will be taking part in a Venture Marketing Plan competition, presenting to three local professionals. Competitions will take place on May 23, 2014, at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s. Winners will be announced that same evening during an awards dinner.

For more information on the Enterprise Olympics program, visit: www.ynortheastavalon.com

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to supporting important social programs, strong communities and the health and well-being of our children, families and seniors.


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Media contacts:

Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Education
709-729-0048, 697-5061
Melanie Maher
Enterprise Olympics Project Co-ordinator
YMCA of Northeast Avalon
709-726-9622, ext. 277

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