At Eva’s Youth Succeeding in Employment Program (YSEP), we work closely with youth to seek out their passions and aspirations and then work with them to build a career-based action plan that is driven by that passion.
YSEP begins with a 5-week employment preparation component called Career Exploration and Preparation. During this component, 8 youth will be hired to participate in a 5-week series of employ-ability and career-exploration workshops. Participants are paid a training stipend of minimum wage, work 30-hours Monday to Friday and develop important skill-sets that raise their profiles on topics ranging from personality dimensions, budgeting, team work, communication to networking the hidden job market. Through supportive employment counseling and individualized action plans, participants increase their awareness on how to become the type of worker they want to be while preparing for the second component of the program which is called the Work Experience Placement.
This second phase is designed to give youth a real-life glimpse into a chosen career. Participants are matched with an employer of their choice and placed for up to 12-weeks based on their individual career goals. Each participant can work 35 hours per week and will be guaranteed a starting salary of minimum wage. Throughout this phase, participants receive guidance and support from YSEP staff to ensure that they’re meeting the goals and objectives created in their action plan. As well, access to continued training, tools and materials are available as additional supports. This innovative model links ambitious youth with employers seeking motivated staff and provides youth with vital experience and information related to their desired career.
Past placements have included positions within the business administration, hospitality, customer service, information technology, social services and skilled trades industries.
Upon completion of a placement, YSEP staff will facilitate a performance appraisal with the focus of permanent employment in mind.
Finally, YSEP understands that the road to employment is a long one. The key is not to give up if one approach doesn’t work. YSEP believes in working with youth and employers to create a plan of success. That is why Eva’s follows up on its YSEP graduates on a regular basis for up to a year, and provides assistance to link them to other community supports and resources once they leave the program.