Employment Services At YOU Just Got Better
Introducing our Collective Impact for Connecting Youth program
Finding the right job, or the right employee fit, can be a challenge. But YOU is here to help.
Whether you’ve experienced challenges - with life or employment - or are struggling to find a fit, we can help you gain the stability and skills to find the right job and keep it. And, we’ll help you connect directly with employers and with other youth who are having the same experiences as you, through our new program that’s designed to help young people become and stay employed.
We know challenges can show up in different ways in the workplace, so that’s why we train employers to adapt to different employee needs. It means you can keep the job you worked so hard to secure and employers can reduce employee turnover.
Our caring and compassionate staff is here for you - the whole you - and will help you build your confidence and find your footing with wrap-around support services. We offer longer-term supports - up to 1 year after employment - to address employment challenges, including helping to remove barriers that impact employment, such as housing, transportation, education, and food insecurity.
If you’re interested in joining the program, either as a client, employer or community organization, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact: Dina Haddish, Community Developer at DinaH@you.ca or (519) 639-2876.
How It Works | For Youth
- You come in for a 30-60 minute intake appointment, where we seek to understand the barriers you’re facing, your employment history and goals, and connect you to community resources like mental health supports or food supports.
- We connect you with a program - usually Youth Job Connection - where you complete 60 hours of paid workshops and then complete a job placement that fits with your employment and career goals. If it fits for you and your employer, you may stay on as an employee after your placement.
- After you’ve completed your placement, you enter our Collective Impact for Connecting Youth program, where you receive extended financial and social support from the YOU team to help you stay employed.
How It Works | For Employers
- We train you on how to hire and retain youth, including the importance of investing in youth today to address tomorrow’s labour challenges, common challenges affecting youth employment retention, and how to adapt your workplace to foster a culture that promotes youth vitality.
- We provide a wage subsidy during the placement period to recognize the additional support you may need to provide.
- We offer on-site extended support for you and the employee for up to 1 year through our job retention coordinator and job placement specialist.