By Mayank Bhatt

Alternative Youth Centre for Employment (AYCE)

What it does:
AYCE helps youth find a job, get training or upgrade their skills. Established in 1988, the centre is a division of Tropicana Community Services.

An employment counsellor at the centre, Migdalia Jones, says, “We have a great resource centre that has experienced employment counsellors.” The centre also conducts workshops and has a job posting service on its website and at the centre.

AYCE works with both the employers and the employees through three operations – Job Connect, Summer Job Service and General Job Posting Service.

Among the services that it provides are recruiting, placement, and job posting services. It also provides job trials for prospective employees.

Whom it serves:
“In 2008-09, our centre served 3,000 people in Toronto – east of North York to west Scarborough,” Jones says. Specifi cally, AYCE serves different age groups through its different programs.
• Job Connect is for unemployed youth who are not students.
• Summer Jobs Service is for youth who are students returning to school in the fall.
• The Part-Time Employment Opportunities for Post-Secondary Students and recent graduates with disabilities.
• Job Search Workshop for Newcomers (no age limit).
• Bridging Business Careers for International Trained Professionals (no age limit).

Contact:
505 Consumers Road, #102,
North York, ON Tel: 416-491-7000
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Web: www.ayce.on.ca


Youthinc, JVS Toronto

What it does:
Established in 2005, Youthinc is a wing of JVS Toronto. “It is an access point to a network of resources that helps connect young people to services, education and employment in the GTA,” says Allen Sterm, Manager, Toronto Youth Job Corp. Youthinc collaborates extensively with community agencies to enhance their services and support their needs.

It is funded by Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels of government, UJA Federation, United Way and Ontario Trillium Foundation. In addition, it also provides several programs and workshops such as
• YouthReach: Serves youth who have experienced conflict with the law and are in need of one-to-one employment counselling or referrals to community resources.
• Toronto Youth Job Corps: Helps youth in employment, increase self-esteem and enhance employment potential.
• General Educational Development: Provides Pre-GED and GED preparation and certification and literacy training.
• Financial Literacy: workshops for youth, with the aim of improving their ability to manage their money.

Whom does it serve?
The Employment Resource Centre of Youthinc serves youth between15 and 30 years old in the Jane and Finch community of Toronto. “We get approximately 24,000 youth visitors annually”, Stern explains. Ten percent of these are new clients.”

Contact:
Jane Finch Mall - 1911 Finch Ave. West,
Unit 3 Toronto, ON, M3N 2V2
Tel: 416-636-2481
Web: www.jvstoronto.org


Youth Job Action Centre (YJAC)

What it does:
Established in 1998, the YJAC is an Employment Resource Centre (ERC) that caters to youth, but is accessible to all ages. “We provide resources, education and support for job seekers, and also share information on career options and education,” says Ron Beleno, its Executive Director. YJAC is funded by the Provincial Government - Employment Ontario. The centre offers many services such as
• Job search assistance.
• Workshops.
• One-on-One consulting.
• Résumé and cover letter critiques.
• It also offers support to local high schools, community agencies, churches, through workshops and occasional career fairs.

Whom it serves?
YJAC has served over 15,000 individuals in the past decade. “We are proud to serve Scarborough,” Beleno observes. “Our main focus is the youth of Scarborough and more specifically the Malvern Community in north-east Scarborough.”
The centre also serves a sizeable section of minorities and newcomers.

Contact:
1371 Neilson Rd, suite 113
Toronto ON M1B 4Z8
Tel: 416-286-1660


The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB)

What it does:
YSB of Ottawa is one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profi t charitable agencies serving youth in Ottawa. Next year it will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Ottawa, the United Way, and individual donors funds YSB.
“We provide a safe and non-judgemental environment for youth where they are valued and empowered. We promote respect for diversity, including gender, culture, religion and sexual orientation, and provide services in both French and English,” says Eva Schacherl, Director of Communications, YSB, Ottawa. YSB operates in four program areas:
• Mental health services.
• Youth employment services.
• Community and housing services.
• Youth justice services.

Whom it serves:

YSB serves youth aged 12 to 21 from various backgrounds and circumstances. Every month, 2,500 to 3,000 young people and families come to YSB for help. “Our clients range in backgrounds and circumstances depending on the service,” Schacherl says.

Contact:
2675 Queensview Drive, Ottawa, ON,
K2B 8K2.
Tel: 613-729-0577
Web: www.ysb.on.ca