More Millennium Volunteer Projects

England gives more youth volunteer projects the go ahead

From projects that help disabled children to programs that teach students how to get into shape , a new movement of Millennium Volunteer projects will get underway in England. Seventy-nine new projects were given the go-ahead and the financing to get the youth involved in volunteering.

Minister for Employment and Equal Opportunities, Margaret Hodge, said the new projects are designed to encourage young people to take part in volunteering by building on what they're into. The Millennium Volunteer projects target 16 to 24 year olds and asks them to give a little bit of their time and get a lot back for their community and their careers.

"These new projects can build on the great success of the early demonstration projects. The first Millennium Volunteers have started a cultural shift in communities across the country, said Minister Margaret Hodge. " Now, from East London to the East Midlands, the opportunities for young people who want to volunteer are endless."

This is the second round of funding approved for the Millennium Volunteer projects. The first group was so successful that the program will continue with the new projects. The project is designed to get thousands more young people to volunteer and have fun while doing it.

Development Agents will be on hand to support and mentor the youth and the community groups. Volunteers who complete 200 hours of service receive an MV Award of Excellence.

(Source: Hermes Database)

DATE: 1/20/2000

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