Youth Are Working

Barriers to employment comes in many forms. Perhaps you did not complete high school, had a learning disability, made some poor choices, came into conflict with the law, had/have a lack of social supports or your resume is simply not getting you a job.  Youth Are Working is here to help you overcome these issues.

Youth Are Working, a program of Waypoints was created in 2004 in response to a recognized need in the community for a program focused on out of school youth aged 15-30 who face barriers to employment.

Each year, Waypoints chooses ten (10) youth aged 15-30 for its Youth Are Working program. All youth commit to taking part in a total of five weeks of employment preparation classes combined with twenty weeks in a job placement.

Now here’s the good part: you are paid for all hours completed during the program. Generally the rate of pay is based on the provincial minimum wage but youth may receive higher salaries depending on their employer. Your job placement is determined by matching your interests with the available employers.

Why would I apply for Youth Are Working?

Youth Are Working is more than just your typical employment preparation program. We pride ourselves on our individualized approach to assisting our participants in their daily lives. We know you cannot be successful in work if there are unresolved issues at home and in your personal life. We know that you have great potential and we’ll help you discover your strengths and build on your weaknesses.

Can I join?

Are you:

· Between 15-30 years of age

· Out of school

· Canadian citizen

· Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits

· In need of assistance to overcome employment barriers

Priority Youth

Service Canada has several programs to assist young people. Some programs have been expanded to assist priority youth. For participants to be considered priority youth, they must meet the basic eligibility criteria above and have barriers to employment. This is usually characterized by a lack of significant attachment to the labour force and poor future prospects under current circumstances. In addition to the above, priority youth have at least one of the following barriers to employment:

· High school non-completion

· Disability

· Aboriginal ancestry

· Health, drug and/or alcohol related problems

· Residence in a rural or remote location

· Lone (single) parent

· Visible or ethnic minority

· Low levels of literacy and numeracy

· Language barriers

· Street involvement

· Contact with justice, child welfare or social assistance system

· Homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

· Lack of social supports: family, friends, or community supports

· Poor self management and/or behaviour management abilities

For more information please contact our Employment Facilitators:

Christopher Pickard at (709) 330-7556|

Melissa Jenkins at(709) 725-0921 |

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