In partnership with Goodwill, Local 416 CUPE and Teamsters Union Teamsters Local 847, Toronto Community Housing launched R.E.A.C.H. Beyond the Block, a youth transitional employment initiative designed to give youth tenants paid employment, life skills learning, hard skills development and job coaching for one year.
Naidia, a participant in the first phase of R.E.A.C.H. Beyond the Block, has been working in Goodwill�s Community Outlet and Recycling Centre for over six months. "The program has been a life changing experience. I will take with me the knowledge I have acquired, the friends I have made, and the advice that I have been given. I now feel confident in my skills and future. I hope to learn many new skills and meet new wonderful people.� Naidia will work for the next six months at Toronto Community Housing, with mentoring inputs from CUPE Local 416 and continuing job coaching from Goodwill.
�Addressing the social and economic needs of youth is a key to creating sustainable healthy communities,� says Derek Ballantyne, CEO of Toronto Community Housing. �Experience has shown us, it is not enough to provide jobs. This initiative is a comprehensive approach that will truly help youth create and maintain sustainable livelihoods.�
R.E.A.C.H. Beyond the Block builds on Goodwill�s existing R.E.A.C.H. (Real Employment to Achieve Community Health) initiative. �This initiative is a unique response to the youth employment needs in Toronto because it enables youth facing barriers to employment to access paid work and learning opportunities in a safe and supportive environment,� says Dr. Ken Connelly, President and CEO of Goodwill. �We are delighted to be working with Toronto Community Housing on this exciting extension of R.E.A.C.H.�
Youth will begin their first week of orientation on February 26.