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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Financial Boost for Launch Pad

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Youth and Tech Centre gets commitment from Exceldor Foods

Launch Pad is one step closer to its goal of financially sustainable as it continues its quest to provide youth skill development in Grey Bruce.

The Innovative and Youth Tech Centre is excited to announce that Exceldor Foods Ltd. of Hanover is the first private company to step up in a multi year financial commitment.

Exceldor has pledged to provide Launch Pad with 5 thousand dollars a year for the next five years.

Exceldor, a turkey processing plant, is the largest employer in Hanover.

Launch Pad Executive Director Emily Morrison calls this a positive first step and will be pounding the pavement in search of more partners willing to invest in youth skills development.

The goal of Launch Pad is to introduce young people to the opportunities in the skill trades world and help shape them into reliable and productive employees.

By promoting youth skills trade development, Morrison says it will open doors of opportunity right here in the Grey Bruce region.

Launch Pad boasts a number of programs including: welding, culinary, coding, robotics, sewing and agriculture to name a few.

Morrison is optimistic that Exceldor is just the first of many future partners that will come forward to support Launch Pad in this new sustainability initiative.

She says support in Launch Pad is an investment in tomorrow’s skilled trades work force.

Launch Pad is open to all youth in the region from 12 to 18, offering after school and evening programming focused on skills based learning in addition to a youth drop-in space.

The Centre encourages youth to gain the skills they need to become active and contributing members of their communities.

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