Toronto Community Housing has worked with partner agencies to help close to 700 tenants over the past weeks live healthy lives, access training and employment opportunities, develop their potential and have some fun!
- At the Youth Employment and Wellness EXPO, youth from various communities came together to learn about mental health and pitch their ideas aimed at solving health issues faced by youth in the city.
- In Rexdale, career mentors and panelists engaged youth in the community on different career paths and opportunities.
- About 400 job seekers attended Toronto Community Housing's end-of-year Mega Job Fair, which featured notable companies and agencies such as The Bay, The Home Depot, St Alban's Boys and Girls, Building Up and Public Outreach, among others.
- A series of workshops were organized for youth, women and seniors to learn about money management and how to avoid unnecessary debt.
- Lastly, about 20 youth from the YouthWorx summer employment program took part in Nike's Unsung Heroes design workshop. It was a great opportunity for the youth to showcase their talents and creativity.
Mega Job Fair for tenants
Photo: A crossview of job applicants and employers at TCHC’s Mega Job Fair.
About 400 job seekers attended Toronto Community Housing’s end of year Mega Job fair on November 29 at 341 Bloor Street West. The job fair was the biggest employment match-up organized for tenants in 2018. Job seekers and employers expressed their satisfaction with the organization of the job fair and the applicants’ turnout. Some of the employers and agencies that participated in the job fair include The Bay, The Home Depot, Paragon Security, St Alban’s Boys and Girls, Building Up, Staples, Public Outreach, Goodlife Fitness, MT&T, Tim Hortons, The Source and Toronto Employment and Social Services.
Financial literacy workshop for tenants
Photo: A crossview of participants at the Youth Financial Literacy Workshop.
Across the city, a series of financial literacy workshops were organized for youth, women and seniors living in Toronto Community Housing. At the workshops, the participants learned about maintaining a good credit score and saving for the future. They also learned about how Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance work. With the holiday season fast approaching and personal spending on the rise, the workshops served as a reminder for participants on how to manage their money wisely.
Building On Our Strength networking and info session
Photo: Participants at the career networking and info session.
Close to 50 youth, career mentors and panelists came together at the Rexdale Community Hub on November 30 to exchange ideas about different career paths and opportunities for youth. The information session helped participants to make connections with industry professionals from RBC, City of Toronto, TTC, YMCA and Plan Canada. The participants also got free professional head shots which they can use to build their online job profile. A big thank you to the panelists—Tiffany Ford, Olu Quamina, Francis Atta, Chenthori Malankov, Zakaria Abdulle, Harpreet Gill and Nael Hubashi—for making the session engaging and informative.
TCHC Youth get exclusive access to Nike’s design studio
Photo: TCHC youth Daiquane poses next to his customized Nike’s Air Force 1 shoe.
Twenty outstanding youth from Toronto Community Housing’s YouthWorx summer employment program took part in Nike’s Unsung Heroes design workshop on December 6 and 8. The workshop was a unique opportunity for the youth to showcase their talents and creativity. They worked closely with emerging Toronto-based designers to create layouts and customize designs for hoodies, t-shirts and shoes. The partnership is the first of its kind between Toronto Community Housing and Nike Canada.
Groups receive grants to promote mental health and wellness
Photo: The RESILIENCY Project team poses for a photograph alongside TCHC staff.
One of the highlights of this year’s Youth Employment and Wellness EXPO was the pitch contest and awarding of grants to youth tenants to implement programs that will strengthen mental health awareness in several communities. The RESILIENCY Project team won a $1,000 grant to organize more workshops to promote mental health and wellness in the Firgrove community. The Africana Club received a $500 grant towards developing and promoting mental health awareness among students of Emery Collegiate in North York. The Kitchen Table Talks team also won a $500 grant to scale-up their intergenerational, mental health literacy program within the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities living in the Malvern, Scarborough area. Congratulations to all participants and a big thank you to St. Stephen’s Community House for funding the pitch contest!