Over 100 youth benefit from summer jobs with Toronto Community Housing

Over 100 youth benefit from summer jobs with Toronto Community Housing

August 31, 2015

Summary:

Over 100 young residents from Toronto Community Housing communities finished their summer jobs last week through YouthWorx, a Toronto Community Housing youth summer employment program. Now in its third year, YouthWorx provides participants with summer work experience and gives them tools to propel them forward in a career path of their choosing.

August 31, 2015
TORONTO - Over 100 young residents from Toronto Community Housing communities finished their summer jobs last week through YouthWorx, a Toronto Community Housing youth summer employment program. Now in its third year, YouthWorx provides participants with summer work experience and gives them tools to propel them forward in a career path of their choosing.

Through YouthWorx, residents 14 to 29 years of age are employed by Toronto Community Housing for eight weeks over July and August to perform various small-scale labour jobs. Job activities include community clean-ups, light repair jobs, community gardening, sign cleaning and painting. This year 115 youth from Toronto Community Housing communities participated in the program out of over 520 applicants.

Over the course of the program, youth also benefitted from professional development training held once a week on topics including financial literacy and career advice. These sessions are led by partners including Youth Employment Services (YES) Toronto and WoodGreen Community Services.

In advance of YouthWorx, over 100 Toronto Community Housing youth participated in seven pre-employment workshops held across the city this spring as a lead up to YouthWorx and other summer job opportunities. At these sessions youth participants received resume building skills, interview preparation and job search skills.

YouthWorx is just one of many programs run by Toronto Community Housing to support residents entering the workforce. Other programs include CHOICE Carpentry, a 12-week training and job placement program for youth interested in carpentry operated in partnership with Carpenters' Local 27; and the Rookie League program, a summer baseball day camp for 1,200 children in partnership with the Jays Care Foundation that employs 120 youth as coaches.

Quotes

"More than one-quarter of Toronto Community Housing's residents are 24 years or younger, brimming with energy, brains and ambition. By providing employment opportunities like YouthWorx for these youth, we are building a better city for all of us."
-Greg Spearn, President and CEO (Interim),
Toronto Community Housing

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About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing​ ​is Canada's largest provider of social housing, delivering homes for nearly 60,000 households with low and moderate incomes. By working to provide clean, safe, well-maintained and affordable housing, Toronto Community Housing builds better homes, better neighbourhoods and a better Toronto for all.

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Lisa Murray, Manager, Media and Public Relations
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