The recession has put the next generation of Calgarians in jeopardy, according to a United Way report released Thursday.

The second Resiliency Report outlines the pressures the recession has put on the city’s young population, including family life, social influence and employment.

But with the support of United Way Calgary and the Urban Society of Aboriginal Youth (USAY) young Calgarians have a chance to conquer the recession and evolve into successful contributing adults, the report says.

The report indicated youth are valuing an education more than ever because of increasing competition due to fewer jobs.

“A lot of youth are going back to school because they realize school will help their future careers,” LeeAnne Sicker, USAY executive director, said.

United Way and USAY will be receiving $100,000 to run successful job training programs, so young people can learn how to properly apply for jobs.

Another $20,000 will go to the Youth Bursary Fund to support students who have gone back to school.

Ruth Ramsden-Wood, pre­s­ident of United Way Calgary, said we rely on today’s youth for tomorrow’s community contributions.

“For the next generation to be successful these issues can’t be ignored,” she said.

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