YJC: Summer Program
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YJC: Summer Program

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The YJC: Summer Program is designed to support high school students in developing essential workplace skills, establishing important job search tools and strategies, and building a career plan. Participants will have opportunities to connect with employers, get valuable work experience and job-related skills for their résumé, and secure paid employment based on their interests and abilities.


Earn While You Learn

YJC: Summer Program includes 20 – 30 hours of paid workshops and activities designed to help participants get ready for work. Individuals will be paid ($) the provincial hourly minimum wage for the time they participate in the mandatory pre-employment training component of the program. During the school year, individuals who are under 18 years of age may participate in the program part-time or during school holidays, so as not to interfere with schooling.

These workshops and activities can help you . . .

  • Build a resume that will get you noticed
  • Learn how to job search effectively
  • Wow them in the interview
  • Develop your “soft skills” e.g. customer service, leadership, communication
  • Manage your online presence and social media profiles
  • Identify career options that could “fit” based on your interests, strengths, and abilities
  • Understand the pathway that is best for you – education, apprenticeship, or work
  • Manage workplace and employer expectations like a pro

No Experience? No Problem!

YJC: Summer Program includes hands-on job experience and exposure to careers and workplaces through a variety of activities. Financial support for transportation, work clothing, equipment costs, and job-related training linked to job placements is available as needed. All individuals participate in the job placement component of the program.

Gain work experience:

  • Participate in up to 8 weeks of paid summer job placement matching the individual’s interests and abilities;

  • Up to 6 months of paid part-time job placement during the school year (not to exceed 10 hrs/week)

Explore career options:

  • Participate in a job trial to test drive a job and see if it’s a good match

  • Learn more about a career by talking with professionals in the field

Get job-related certification or training:

  • Smart Serve

  • Food Handler certification

  • First Aid/CPR

  • Fall Arrest

Connecting You to Possibilities

All individuals will receive support from our experienced staff during and after the program to help them reach their employment or training goals.

Activities might include:

  • Career coaching and individualized employment planning
  • Invitation to special events and workshops
  • Opportunities for peer mentoring
  • Connecting with professional mentors from the community
  • 15-18 years old at time of registration
  • Additional suitability criteria will be assessed by program staff
  • High school students intending to stay in/return to high school or access post-secondary education after their job placement
  • Eligible to work in Canada
  • Resident of Ontario

The first step is to speak to one of our experienced staff to see if the YJC: Summer program is right for you. Please call or visit the location near you for more information.

Not the right program for you? No problem. Contact us to get information about the other employment services available in your community.


This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Ontario government.

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