What is YEP?
The YWCA Youth Engagement Program is offered throughout the year with multiple intakes.
This paid program assists young adults with transitioning to the workforce and gaining hands on job related skills. Program participants are between the ages of 15 and 30 and are out of work and out of school with a barrier to employment. YEP participants receive job related training, life skills training, coaching and mentoring on and off the job.
There are two components to the project: Paid On Site Work Experience, and Group Based Employability Skills Workshops. All participants are trained in First Aid/CPR, High Five®, Safe Food Handlers, and WHMIS.
Participant placements include positions in food services, customer service, child and youth programming, childcare, recreation, retail, warehouse, and maintenance. Participants are paid minimum wage throughout the length of their contract and a completion bonus is given to those who qualify.
How do I find out more?
Interested youth should be in contact as soon as possible. We want to begin the screening process for youth engaged with service providers early so we can ensure placements.
For youth of St.Thomas:
- Contact Jessica Younker or Melanie Rowley at YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin at 519-631-9800 or drop into the office at 16 Mary Street West.
- Contact Amanda Wise at Employment Services Elgin, St. Thomas. Drop in or email resume to email@example.com stating interest for YEP program
For Aylmer youth:
- Aylmer Community Services, 25 Centre St. Aylmer. Drop in or call (519) 765-2082
For any other questions or inquiries about the program, please contact
Jessica Younker at 519-631-9800 ext. 246 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Melanie Rowley at 519-631-9800 ext. 247 / email@example.com