Employment Program2019-03-17T16:15:36+00:00

Employment Program

THE NEED

50.5%

of homeless youth are not currently involved in either education, employment or training.

75.7% of homeless youth surveyed are unemployed vs 13.3% for all of Canada.

“As a homeless youth it’s very difficult to find a suitable job for your lifestyle. Not only that, it’s more difficult to maintain the job”

— Past YWS resident

Employment Program Support

(PROVIDED FROM 2010-PRESENT UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED)

5,639

individual employment counseling sessions and 33,334 supports issued (supports encompass transit fare, work boots, work wear) since 2011 program launch

2017-2018

334

youth received after-care supports

80% transit
11% interview training
5% work boots
4% other

80% transit
11% interview training
5% work boots
4% other

2017-2018

656

youth received after-care supports

73% emergency residents
16% After-Care program
11% Stay in School program

73% emergency residents
16% After-Care program
11% Stay in School program

2017-2018

58

youth in pre employment training programs

“In the employment workshops I learned my rights as an employee, how to access the many jobs on the job market… helped me with my resume and I applied to a “Leading to Reading Volunteer” job at the library.”

— Past YWS resident

*Source (unless otherwise stated) Without A Home: National Youth Homelessness Survey

OUTCOMES

462

youth employed since program launch 2011; 54 in 2017/18

“YWS employment services help you find a job and everything for you to be successful in keeping it…helped me find a job that I’m interested in… assisted me in completing my resume and referred me to the job fairs. I got a job in food services and a position as a retail merchandiser”.

— Past YWS resident

SHORTFALLS

“The youth we serve generally lack self-confidence and believe that they have no skills to offer an employee. We need employers who believe in the future of youth, who will give youth a chance to prove themselves and be open to job shadowing options, and other on the job learning opportunities.”

— Sheri Gundes,
YWS Employment Facilitator