‘Truth to Youth Program’ to Help Canadians Navigate Social Media in the Age of Misinformation

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICES – YES Offering Free Program to help stop divisiveness and build trust amongst youth during this new age of mass misinformation via social media

TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICES (YES), Canada’s leading youth employment services provider, helping hundreds of thousands of youth find employment for free, has launched its ‘Truth to Youth Program’ to help reduce the increasing spread of fake news and false information over social media. Misleading news and the twisting of data has led to greater mistrust and divisiveness. The innovative YES program will help youth navigate information more effectively and find the real facts and science, which will lead to a more civil discussion of important issues.

YES President & CEO stated, “Social media was supposed to help give all people, no matter what their socio-economic situation, access to information and help educate and inform. We hoped it would bring different peoples and cultures together. Instead, social media has been used more to spread false stories and twist facts and science to try to generate more readers and make money by using sensational and fake news. This has led to a more divisive society and even violence. The ‘Truth to Youth Program’ will help youth spot fake news and use social media to search for the truth. This will create a more civil debate and stronger communities.”
The Truth to Youth Program is a video-based program with leading experts in media, law and politics including former Liberal and Conservative Cabinet Ministers, Navdeep Baines and Lisa Raitt, award winning authors and media personalities Amanda Lang and Andrew Cohen, and University of Toronto Law professor, Abdi Aidid. These experts discuss the various pitfalls of believing false information and spreading fake news, along with ways to use social media for good and have a more civil discussion and debate, even with people you disagree with.

Attached is the free link to the Truth to Youth video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN9C6KK0TuA

The Truth to Youth Program is a free video-based program available to all on yes.on.ca and via YES Programming and facilitators. Since 1968 YES has supported and trained youth to help prepare for the future and create a stronger Canada. The Truth to Youth program will further help in this endeavour.

About YES
YES is Canada’s youth employment services leader, helping hundreds of thousands of young Canadians gain employment through its innovative FREE programs and job placement. YES provides training, career counseling, life skills and hope, followed by job placement with a close to 90% success rate. YES helps youth changes their lives...forever.

For further information or media interviews contact:
Timothy Lang: YES President & CEO: tim_lang@yes.on.ca  
Or Laura Kang, Marketing Manager – YES Youth Employment Services