Youth Employment Strategy

What is the Youth Employment Strategy?

The Youth Employment Strategy is designed to keep youth engaged and provide the opportunity for youth to develop:

  • Positive experiences
  • Life skills
  • Increased self esteem
  • Engagement at appropriate developmental/social level
  • Leadership
  • Tangible work skills
  • Personal goal setting
  • Strengths and the celebration of those strengths
  • Motivation
  • Life path and positive future

The programs in the strategy include:

Urban Street Grill- A summer employment program for youth ages 12-13. Over the winter our Hot Dog Cart received a face lift and is now the anticipated Urban Street Grill. You can find the Urban Street Grill out and about on Fort Saskatchewan streets or booked at various special events. We are looking for committed youth to work together with staff to plan menus and serve up delicious street eats. Youth will receive an honorarium for their participation. Only 15 positions available.  Youth will  learn and practise skills such as:

  • Safe Food Handling
  • Customer Service
  • Menu Planning and Food Supply Shopping
  • Money Handling
  • Team Work

The Youth Employment Program- A summer employment program for ages 14-16. YEP offers youth an opportunity to spend 6 weeks of the summer experiencing the work field in a matched work placement. Youth are given 2 weeks of job and life skills training and 4 weeks in a job placement working 20 hours a week. Youth obtain an honorarium each week they work. Only 15 positions available.  Youth will:

  • Create cover letters and resumes 
  • Practice interview skills
  • Receive a job placement at a local business
  • Explore future education, career and life goals

The Career Cafe-  A year round program for young adults ages 16-24. The Career Cafe is a partnership between Heartland Ford, Boys and Girls Club, and Careers Under Construction. This program provides youth and young adults with an opportunity to enhance their employment skills and transition into long term employment. Housed in Heartland Ford, this program provides placement opportunities throughout the year. Youth obtain an honorarium each week they work.  Youth receive:

  • Small group training
  • Safe Food Handling certificate
  • Customer service skills 

For more information on our Youth Employment Strategy, please contact Heather at 780-992-0103 ext 26

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