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Help us Protect Toronto’s Most Vulnerable Youth

Our young people need your support.

For unemployed or low-income youth, rapidly rising rates of inflation and cost of living have had serious economic and social consequences such as mental illness, increased housing instability and inability to meet other basic needs such as food and clothing. A March 2023 report by the Canadian Mental Health Association states that Canadian’s mental health is worsening due to inflation and for a young person experiencing barriers to employment, the impact can be devastating.

We need your help to serve and support these young people through this continuing crisis and set them up for success. Your donation will support YES’ mission which includes activities such as reskilling youth in cloud technologies and skilled trades, providing living supports and critical wrap around supports for youth, counselling, job placements, mentorship and mental health supports.

As a leader in providing job readiness, employment and empowerment programming, we continue to work on the frontlines helping youth face these unprecedented challenges, but we cannot do it without your help.

YES continues to break down barriers to employment in a time when gainful employment seems next to impossible. YES is requesting your support to help us continue to offer and expand our services in order to give hope to the youth in our community and to help them achieve sustainable livelihoods.

How YES is helping

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Digital Skills Programming

Our programs provide young people with the ability to develop skills for the digital age in order to give them a competitive edge in the labour market. Our technology programs offer disadvantaged young people the opportunity to acquire in-demand skills such as Amazon Web Services Cloud certification, training in future skills, access to mentors, and work experience.

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Mental Health Support

Addressing the growing mental health crisis, we have increased our mental health supports and programming. Working with a qualified psychotherapist, we have introduced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to support our most vulnerable youth through this crisis. Launched on a small scale in 2020, we will expand these critical services to more young people this year.

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Mentorship

In times of distress, youth need a caring adult that they can turn to, to help them make sense of the changing job market and to keep them connected to professional networks. YES leverages its Mentorship Hub to connect youth with industry leaders virtually, through email and through telephone, to eliminate feelings of isolation and to keep them connected to their industry.

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Futureproofing youth against augmentation and automation

Acknowledging the threat that automation and augmentation posed for our youth, YES has re-developed a specialized suite of Future Skills curriculum. Focused on those soft skills that experts say will be in most demand, our new curriculum includes topics such as Growth Mindset, Motivation and Goal Setting, Fostering Collaboration and Connection, and Cultivating Metacognition.

How YES is helping

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Digital Skills Programming

Our programs provide young people with the ability to develop skills for the digital age in order to give them a competitive edge in the labour market. Our technology programs offer disadvantaged young people the opportunity to acquire in-demand skills such as Amazon Web Services Cloud certification, training in future skills, access to mentors, and work experience.

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Mental Health Support

Addressing the growing mental health crisis, we have increased our mental health supports and programming. Working with a qualified psychotherapist, we have introduced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to support our most vulnerable youth through this crisis. Launched on a small scale in 2020, we will expand these critical services to more young people this year.

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Mentorship

In times of distress, youth need a caring adult that they can turn to, to help them make sense of the changing job market and to keep them connected to professional networks. YES leverages its Mentorship Hub to connect youth with industry leaders virtually, through email and through telephone, to eliminate feelings of isolation and to keep them connected to their industry.

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Futureproofing youth against augmentation and automation

Acknowledging the threat that automation and augmentation posed for our youth, YES has re-developed a specialized suite of Future Skills curriculum. Focused on those soft skills that experts say will be in most demand, our new curriculum includes topics such as Growth Mindset, Motivation and Goal Setting, Fostering Collaboration and Connection, and Cultivating Metacognition.

YES gratefully acknowledges all the individuals, businesses and foundations that have donated and helped to empower our youth to become contributing members of our community.

None of this great work would happen without them.

Visionaries: $250,000+
Hero $30,000 – $99,999

Peter Giligan Foundation

Partner $5,000-$9,999

The Marjorie and Joseph Wright Memorial Foundation

Randstad Foundation | The Hylcan Foundation | The Andy and Beth Burgess Family Foundation

Ambassador $20-$999

Give Foundation | Stephen Cullis | Richard Shallhorn and Nancy Baker | Irene Lam | Kelli Wight | Anonymous | Matt & Natasha Shoom-Kirsch | Ryan Haley | Adrian Merchant Macdonald | Alexandria Pike | Anonymous | Anonymous | Anonymous |Susie Hendrie | Michael Nadler | Steve Dumanski | The Lowidt Foundation | John E.C. Carr | Brent Barron | Utkarsh Subnis | Rashmi Nathwani | Pat and Chris Snyder | Patrick Payne | David Dimmer | Ron Latvanen | John Griffin | Margaret Fisher | Matina Daniil | Paul Mills | Joan Prior | Rosalind Waxman | Patricia L Clunie | Carolynne Veffer | Anne Cayer | Brent Brockerville | Brian and Joyce Westlake | John and Carol Heeney | Eric Leon | Janice & Hugh Rennie | David Walsh | Jennie and Karl Preuss | Irv Teper | Andrew Mark Willis | Anonymous |  Diane Karnay | Robert Hampson | Selasi Dorkenoo | Sage Foundation | Jean-Francois Paradis | Cassandra Eileen Waldon| 

Champions: $100,000 – $249,999

This Way ONward Program Sponsor

Leader $10,000-$29,999

ECHO Foundation

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The JP Bickell Foundation

The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation

The Christina Mary Hendrie Trust

Cannonbury Foundation

The Gordon and Ruth Gooder Charitable Foundation

The Hodgson Family Foundation

Builder $1,000-$4,999

The Henry White Kinnear Foundation | Fiera Capital | Harry A. Newman  Memorial Foundation | Anonymous | Donald W. Middleton | Rami El Jurdi | Byron Sonberg | The Jackman Foundation | Julie Crothers |James Hunter | James  O’Reilly | Edward Caffyn | Moneris | Deloitte LLP | Michael Kavanagh | Li-Cycle | Christine Di Scola

YES needs volunteers to help in our work with youth. We will do everything to ensure your volunteer experience is productive and rewarding.

Current Volunteer Opportunities with YES

Mentors for Youth: Some of our business skills training programs require each young person who is starting their business to have a mentor.

Fundraising: Get involved in our fundraising committee, host a fundraising event that benefits YES.

Board Member: YES seeks qualified individuals as Board Members who have a passion for helping youth.

Speakers: YES seeks speakers for workshops and different programs. If you have an expertise and would like to share it, please contact us with your information.

If you would like to volunteer please email us at yes@yes.on.ca or call 416-504-5516.

The Rotary Club of Toronto (RCT) founded YES in 1968 and remains a strong supporter of YES both with financial support and by providing members for the YES Board of Directors. In 2012, RCT celebrated their 100th Anniversary and made a million dollar investment into six charities across the GTA. YES is a proud recipient of this RCT funding and we received $100,000 for YES’ Job Camp program.

The Rotary Club of Toronto West awarded its prestigious 2016 Community Service Award to YES for “Meritorious Service to Youth” at the 17th Annual Awards Gala on Friday, Jan. 29 at the Old Mill Inn in Etobicoke.