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August 2020

Youth Job Connection – Success for Tirell at Fountain Tire

Its not often that we receive a complete success story in the client’s own words. Tirell was eager to talk about his YJC experience after more than a year of success on the job at Fountain Tire. Here is his story:

What made me decide to join the YES program was when my brother mentioned it to me when I was job searching back in that point of time. He mentioned to me that he knew someone in the program who I would be able to talk to and have her help me out. (Sharon De Benetti)

The program really helped me with securing a placement, as well as obtaining better workplace communication, as I was always anxious to socially interact. Now that I have made improvements on these traits, I have good workplace relationships, as well as communication skills, especially with the employer.

I would like to give a big shout out to all the employer(s) and employees of the YES program, as you are all very friendly and helpful to those who need the assistance, even on those Monday Mornings.

What made me decide on a placement here at Fountain Tire, is that I had a reason to believe that they offered a wide variety of opportunities to help people expand their career profiles.

I have been in my placement here at Fountain Tire for a year, and I have learned a lot more than I thought I would have.

I have learned to work with various types of tire assemblies, as well as obtaining a fork lift license. They have trained me to be a Shipper and Receiver, so now I help with the offloads of shipments that come in every week.

What I like most about the workplace is that it is very easy to become comfortable with your fellow employees, and establish good relationships with them as well. The workplace manager(s) are very out going and understanding towards all of their employees, and do not hesitate to try and build a good relationship.

I am unsure of what I see myself doing in my future career as I am still deciding what I want to achieve as a career goal. I have a wide variety of experience thanks to the workplace and YES program, so it is hard to decide on a career path. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Job Connection program, visit the YJC web-page for details. To get connected to the program, just call our office to arrange for an assessment.

We are so excited to announce that YES will be re-opening its Resource Area to the public starting Monday August 10th. We look forward to welcoming you back. During our Resource Area closure we have been busy giving our office a complete makeover. Every corner of our office has been deep cleaned and organized. The biggest changes can be seen as soon as you walk in the door. We have implemented a new workflow, layout and design to improve your experience. As a community-based organization, we wanted to work with a local business to help bring our ideas to life. Special thanks to Open Mind Interiors for providing that help. A shout out to Print Pros Plus for creating and installing the logo for our new logo wall. Thanks also to Beauty in the Bay for creating a beautiful sign for our Success Wall. Here is a sneak peak at a few of the changes your will see when we welcome you back next week.

Safety Protocols

Our first priority is to keep all our clients, guests and staff members safe. Masks are now required in public spaces in the city of Thunder Bay, so we ask that you wear a mask to our office. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you to wear during your visit. We ask that all visitors maintain a 6 foot distance from other guests and staff members. We have installed plexiglass partitions for your safety, but we are also limiting the number of visitors to ensure safe distance requirements can be safely maintained for those accessing our computers. All guests will enter through our main entrance. Please ring the doorbell to gain access. Our staff will utilize a health screening tool with every visitor each time they enter our office. Welcome back, everyone!

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