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Youth Employment & Self-Employment

YMCA Like A Boss Program

Through a combination of interactive business workshops (incl.: How to write a business plan; Develop a cash flow; Elevator Pitches; Marketing; Promotion; Networking and more) and mentorship experiences youth will develop essential business skills to help them start and launch their own businesses in Simcoe County.  In January 2018 youth will apply for our one week long March Break Overnight Youth Business Camp at Geneva Park.  Ten youth will be selected to attend this intensive hands-on business camp experience where they will refine their business skills, attend business themed workshops and collaborate with other young entrepreneurs from across Simcoe County.  The week will culminate in the opportunity for the ten participants to pitch their business idea to a Business Panel for a chance to win $1000 in start-up money and/or a spot in our Summer Company 2018 program.
To book a workshop or apply for the YMCA Like a Boss program, please contact or call 705-726-5572 ex 34.
This program is funded by the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.”

YMCA Youth Job Connection

If you are under 30 and are having trouble finding or staying in a job, Youth Job Connection can help you change that. This program offers support and training for youth age 15-29 who are not working, not in school and not in training. It offers 60 hours of paid pre-employment workshops to learn about what employers expect on the job, how to look for work – and some of the secrets! It also includes job placement and mentorship, and help transitioning to further education or employment. Intake for this program starts every two to three weeks.
Contact Parry Sound Employment & Learning – 60 James St. 3rd floor; call 705-746-8480.

Youth Quest

This program combines group work with a paid work experience to encourage the development of employability and occupational skills. Youth spend six weeks in a small group of approximately eight participants preparing for a paid work experience. During the six weeks, the youth brush up on their life skills and work toward removing the barriers to employment that have been preventing them from accessing the labour market. Participants also secure an individual 18-week supported work experience and ultimately learn to make the transition from supported work experience to a permanent transition into the labour market. This program is funded by Service Canada and is delivered in Barrie, Orillia, South Georgian Bay (Collingwood/Wasaga Beach), Bradford and the Region of Muskoka.

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For more information call 705-726-5572 or email

YMCA Summer Company

Through this partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure, this program is a great opportunity for enterprising young people who want to start and run their own summer business. The program provides hands-on business coaching and mentoring and financial support to make their Summer Company a reality.

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For more information visit Ontario Canada here, call 705-726-5572 or email

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