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August 2022

Sammy (left) and Hannah (right) are working with the Thunder Bay Boys and Girls Club this Summer

Working with Community Partners

Great things happen when the community works together.  The Thunder Bay Boys and Girls club is a valued community partner, especially when it comes to our youth-focused programs.   When we needed space to provide training to a large group of students for our Youth Job Connection-Summer program, the Thunder Bay Boys and Girls Club was able to accommodate our group in their Resolute Room.  The space was ideal and for one of our students; Sammy, it solidified the connection for a summer job as well.

When it came time to exploring options for her summer placement, Sammy worked with Luke from our Employer Relations team.  After discussing a few ideas, an opportunity with the Thunder Bay Boys and Girls club came up and Sammy was excited about working there.  Sammy is a hockey player and she knew Thunder Bay Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Albert Aiello through her hockey connections. After a meet and greet, Sammy secured the position and is now assisting with children’s programs this summer.

Hannah was already working with the Thunder Bay Boys and Girls club when Sammy joined the team.  Hannah went through our Youth Job Connection year-round program, starting in February of this year. She had been struggling with looking for work on her own and this Employment Ontario program at YES was recommended to her by her cousins.   She completed almost 90 hours of pre-employment training before heading into her placement.  “I liked the personal training like how to manage your finances and your time.  I also liked being able explore ideas for my future career”, Hannah explained.  Through this career exploration, Hannah identified that she was interested in working with children.  Tracy from our Employer Relations team reached out to Lee-Ann at the Thunder Bay Boys and Girls club and a meet and greet was set up for Hannah.  The meeting went well and Hannah now has a foundation of experience with children’s programs to build on for the future.

We are grateful to have a community partner like the Thunder Bay Boys and Girls Club.  Thank you so much for providing opportunities to youth like Sammy and Hannah and for your commitment to young people in our community. 

If you are interested in participating in one of our youth programs, or hiring one of our youth participants, call 807-623-0768 or e-mail:

We are so grateful to local employers who support our programs. We are recognizing one employer each quarter with thanks and recognition. This quarter we salute Official Parcel Service! Nigel Black and Kevin Kuluski have provided training and support to 7 of our youth clients since we started working with OPS. The Youth Job Connection and Youth Job Connection Summer programs assist young people who are facing barriers to employment. If you want to support youth in our community, call us at 807- 623-0768 or e-mail

We appreciate our Summer Students!

A great big YES welcome to Tori! Tori is a student helping out with our Youth Programs this summer. We appreciate the support received from #canadasummerjobs, and we also appreciate the energy and enthusiasm that Tori is bringing to the job. Welcome aboard!

Summer students make such a valuable contribution to our agency. Join us in welcoming Ashley to our team! She will be helping us out with Administration and H/R duties this summer. As a Confederation College student going into her second year of Human Resources, she brings a keen interest and a strong skill set to the position. Welcome aboard Ashley!

YES is welcoming Dallas aboard for the summer. Dallas has a strong interest in and aptitude for computers and technology. We are lucky enough to have him assisting with administrative duties. Dallas is situated at our front desk so say “hello” next time you drop in!

We are thrilled to have Kassidy aboard for the summer. Kassidy graduated with a Social Service Worker diploma (on the honour role!) last year. The pandemic hindered her placement during so she is glad to be working in her field, and we welcome her expertise. Welcome Kassidy!

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