Monsanto fund supports Youth Parliament

Monsanto Canada Inc. is working with Youth Parliament of Manitoba (YPM) to make the program more accessible to rural youth by subsidizing travel costs and promotion.

The company is contributing $4,500 over three years.

“The creation of the Monsanto Rural Development fund allows us to truly live up to the ‘Manitoba’ aspect of our name,” says YPM Deputy Speaker Brent Hardy. “It enables us to attract rural youth to our organization which is integral to the success of YPM.”

Each year, eight rural members (defined as those living 50 km or more outside the City of Winnipeg) who attend YPM’s Winter Session at the Manitoba legislature will be offered free registration as well as a $50 transportation grant to help make the cost of participating more affordable. Preference will be given to members of farming families.

“Monsanto Canada is committed to strengthening rural communities and helping to support rural residents,” said Trish Jordan, public and industry affairs director with Monsanto Canada based in Winnipeg. “We are also strong advocates of supporting rural youth and providing them with leadership and development opportunities. Youth Parliament of Manitoba is an excellent organization that allows youth the opportunity to improve their communication skills and explore our country’s parliamentary system.”

Youth Parliament of Manitoba Inc. is a non-partisan, non-denominational corporation and registered charity. Run completely by local youth, YPM’s model parliament provides a unique opportunity for young adults to improve communication skills, learn about the Canadian democratic parliamentary tradition, and meet youth from across Manitoba. YPM’s 91st Winter Session will be held from December 26-30, 2012 for youth aged 16-20. More information can be found at www.ypmanitoba.ca.

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