In 2010, in response to youth in our community expressing a need for support in securing employment interest in getting exposure to greater career options, we launched our March Break “Employment Readiness and Career Exploration” program for 30 students with support from Westview Centennial and the Toronto District School Board. The focus at that time was on important items such as resumes, cover letters, interview skills, goal-setting, time-management and financial literacy.
Late in 2013, Success Beyond Limits joined the Hive Toronto (@HiveToronto) and this got us thinking about what career exploration and employment readiness means for youth in 2014. That opened up issues about the location of the program (bringing it into the core of the city) and the types of skills and experiences that we needed to offer.
The program is ran from March 10th to 14th with 60 students (20 being paid through the TDSB Focus on Youth Program, and 10 being paid through SBL), and was delivered out of the Mozilla community space. You can get a sense of how amazing it was in the pages that follow!