Solving youth unemployment

How the Youth Job Connection program is tackling youth unemployment

Together with the Government of Ontario and other community organizations, YMCA Employment Services is offering a new program to tackle youth unemployment in Ontario with the Youth Job Connection (YJC) program.

Starting October 1, 2015, the YMCA Employment Centres will be offering the YJC program, serving youth aged 15-29 who experience multiple or complex barriers to employment by providing more intensive support beyond traditional job search and placement opportunities. Here’s what participants get when they join:

  • A roadmap to success. We’ll meet with participants to assess their needs and goals, then map out a custom-made plan to their success.
  • Preparation. We’ll provide paid interactive workshops to ensure that participants are prepared to take on the challenges that come with a career.
  • Practical experience. The best way to learn the skills you need is to do them while on the job. We’ll provide participants with a job placement that can last up to 6 months, as well as one-on-one coaching and networking opportunities with other program participants.
  • Ongoing support. When the placement ends, the support continues—participants will have continued access to career coaching; participants will have an opportunity to provide mentorship to new participants based on their experiences in the program.

For more information on this program and how to enroll, contact one of our 11 YMCA Employment Centres.