|ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOLS ACROSS QUEBEC TO MARK NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY ON NOVEMBER 16|
MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 12, 2007- A Quebec-wide symposium, using videoconferencing technology, will link Secondary V students to the world of entrepreneurship on Friday, November 16 (10:30 a.m. to Noon). Riverdale High School will host the videoconference at 5060 Blvd. Sources in Pierrefonds.
This second annual National Entrepreneurship Day is engaging students through a number of local activities designed to develop and showcase entrepreneurial culture amongst youth and to encourage the various actors to get involved in their development, including the education, community, socio-economic and government sectors, and, of course, entrepreneurs! This event in the English-speaking community will complement a number of events happening across Quebec in the francophone community. Activities happening in each region are noted at www.jnce-ned.qc.ca.
Youth from the schools will work independently on local activities designed to develop entrepreneurial skills and values. Then, via a province-wide videoconference, students will share their learning, including how they can continue their project ideas throughout the school year. Videoconferencing will be made available through local Community Learning Centres, established by the Ministère de l’Éducation du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) last year to promote education and community development in the English-speaking community by providing a wide range of services and activities to help English speakers meet such pressing challenges as youth retention, access to services in English and sustaining the viability and vitality of their respective communities.
Spearheaded by the Réseau des carrefours jeunesse-emploi du Québec (R-CJEQ), National Entrepreneurship Day is an initiative within the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. To celebrate and contribute to this event, a number of organizations in the English-speaking community have mobilized to partner with the R-CJEQ to further promote this opportunity and develop an entrepreneurial culture among youth. These organizations include representation from the Carrefour jeunesse emploi NDG, Community Table and its Community Economic Development and Employability Committees (CEDECs), Guidance-Oriented Approach to Learning (GOAL) Network, Services aux Communautés Anglophone of the Ministère de l’Éducaton, du Sport et du Loisir, which oversees the development of Community Learning Centres located in English educational institutions throughout Quebec.
François Charron, host of Salut Bonjour on TVA and creative entrepreneur from a very young age, is the official spokesperson for National Entrepreneurship Day. Mr. Charron believes strongly that the current generation is an entrepreneurial one requiring care and attention and that it is vital that young people today learn how to focus their creative energy for it to flower.
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Students from seven English Schools will be participating in National Entrepreneurship Day, organized by the partners listed below. The nine schools are:
Quebec High School (Central Quebec School Board)
Réseau des carrefours jeunesse-emploi du Québec
Community Table and local CEDECs (Community Economic Development and Employability Committees)
Michael J. Cohen