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Youth KRU - Empowering Youth for a Brighter Future:  What’s New?

What’s New with Youth KRU?

Youth KRU (Knowledge, Resources, and Understanding) is going strong.  We will be starting a new group again in the new year and our current KRU participants are well into their work placements.  We are happy to hear from any family member or young person between the ages of 15 and 30 interested in our program. 

This program provides youth with the opportunity to develop their careers through professional certification workshops, networking opportunities, and life skills enhancement. For the first six weeks our facilitators prepare youth for work through courses like Resume Writing, Job Search Skills, Budgeting, Career Planning, Emergency First Aid, SuperHost and much more.  The job developer fosters relationships with employers who provide up to ten weeks of work experience for the youth.  The job developer also works closely with each participant to identify skills and experiences they are hoping to gain and then matches them to an appropriate role with a willing local company. Some companies we have been fortunate to have work with us so far include Sensa Float, Peninsula Executive Suites, Shoppers Drug Mart, Robokids, Open Box, Washington Avenue Grill and Montana’s.

KRU’s participants have achieved some major milestones. 80% of the youth have gained employment through the program and many have also gone back to school. We have seen participants gain confidence, friendships, a sense of community and a feeling of pride in addition to learning the skills and abilities they need in order to work. We have had the honour of witnessing major life changes and look forward to sharing in that experience with many more youth in future programs. 

If you know of an employer who would be interested in working with us, or a youth that you think could benefit from the program, please contact Dianne Schwartz at dschwartz@alexhouse.net.


Knowledge, Resources, and Understanding - these are the guiding principles of our youth employment program which works with youth ages 15-30, providing them with the skills and know-how they will need to navigate the labour market. Over the course of 2 years, this program has done exactly that, helping youth with significant barriers build skills and confidence that will help them to be successful in their work.

When asking the participants to talk about what they took away from the program, here are some of their responses:

“This program has helped me put my life goals into perspective.”

Participant, Male, 23

“During this program I had the opportunity to learn more about the work environment in Canada. As a newcomer this experience was very valuable for me. I got my first local reference. I enjoyed this program specially because of the positive energy of the staff.”

Participant, Male, 28

“When I first started this program, I felt so stuck with what I was wanting to do with my life/career. I enjoyed taking the personality tests and figuring out what careers would best suit my personality. Because of this I now believe I have an idea with what I want to do in my future. This course has helped direct me down the right path.”

Participant, Female, 21

 


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