Youth Job Connection

YES believes that anyone who wants to work, deserves to work. The Youth Job Connection program is designed to help young people between the ages of 15 and 29 who are facing significant barriers to employment. Through this program, YES helps youth take important steps in their journey toward long-term employment and meaningful careers. Coordinating service with other helping agencies like yours is a key component of the program.

Youth will Earn while they Learn

Our Youth Workers deliver pre-employment training to help young people develop employability skills. While youth attend the training, they receive a stipend equal to minimum wage for every hour they participate in pre-employment training. They also receive supports including transportation, snacks and lunch. Youth Workers become active partners in each participant’s action plan. They are advocators and collaborators. Upon successful completion of the training, participants will receive the added support of a Job Developer to help them find a paid placement in keeping with their employment goals. Youth Workers will continue to provide one-on-one support throughout the placement to navigate the challenges of entering the work force.

Continued Support

Mentorship and job coaching supports are available throughout the program. Following placements, Youth Workers help participants with next steps as they transition to long term employment, education or training.

Youth Job Connection

Youth 18-29, not working, or in training or in school.
OR Youth 15-17 and legally excused from school.

Young person wants to work and needs support transitioning to work.

Young person is experiencing significant barriers to employment (e.g. facing discrimination, poverty, homelessness, have little or no work experience or a low level of education).

Young person is available to attend group sessions from 10:00am-4:00pm daily for 3-4 weeks. 

  • New groups start each month
  • Accommodations to this schedule may be facilitated on an individual basis

Young person is available for a placement up to 6 months in duration.

Assessments :  Year Round

Youth Job Connection Summer

Students aged 15-18

Student wants to work this summer and needs support transitioning between school and work.

Student is facing challenging life circumstances (e.g. difficulties in school, lack of financial resources, problems with family life, low confidence).

Student is available to attend group sessions from 10:00am-4:00pm daily for one full week at the beginning of July.

  • Accommodations for student participation during the school year may be facilitated on an individual basis.

Student is available for a summer placement up to 8 weeks in duration

Assessments: April 13-June 15th

If you are working with a young person who could benefit from the Youth Job Connection program, call to schedule an assessment.

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