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YES is Canada's leader and has helped hundreds of thousands of youth find employment

YES BizStart Alumnus Inspired during Covid – featured on CTV National News

Domanique Grant, a YES BizStart Alumnus who started her own performing Arts company and is a singer writer was featured on the CTV national News with her inspiring Covid themed song. A beautiful song of hope for all humanity.

Domanique continues to give back and speak to current YES BizStart youth.

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YES Success Stories: What Happens When You Say ‘yes to YES’?

Hear what YES clients from all walks of life have to say on how various YES programs supported them on their employment and life journey:



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Deangilo’s Success Story

“At first, I did not know what to expect when I got here. I was in a class with many new faces. Being here made me change from being an introvert to an extrovert. This program helped me change from limiting myself. Because if those changed beliefs I was able to use the tools that were necessary to accelerate my business idea. As much as I wish the program will not end, I will not forget the fun, lessons, and opportunities since I have been here.” – Deangilo Valentine

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D’Andra’s Success Story

“When I began BizStart, I had no idea how to run a successful business nor the confidence to do so. I had the idea for Empress Mane but no clue how to bring it to life. Through the program I met like-minded professionals and was able to meet mentors in multiple industries that gave me the tools and insight to develop and launch my business successfully. I am grateful to have been a part of something that has been responsible for changing so many lives. It definitely changed mine.” – D’Andra Montaque

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Urgent call for support to protect Toronto’s most vulnerable youth during COVID-19


We are reaching out to you with an urgent request for support. Thousands of youth have lost their livelihoods since the COVID-19 crisis began with many thousands more job losses predicted in the coming months. We need your help to serve and support these young people through this crisis and set them up for success. Your donation will support reskilling youth in cloud technologies, provide living supports and wrap around supports to youth, counselling, job placements, mentorship, mental health supports, and subsidies to employers to hire youth in in-demand jobs.

Data published by Stats Can in April confirms what has been known anecdotally since the economy went into a deep nosedive in March. Young people have borne the brunt of the coronavirus-related job cuts so far. The number of employed people aged 15 to 24 dropped by 392,500 in March with early indications for April showing a youth unemployment rate at a staggering 27%, the highest it has been this century.

As a leader in providing job readiness, employment and empowerment programming, we continue to work on the frontlines helping youth face these unprecedented challenges. We have pivoted quickly amongst the pandemic to provide innovative virtual career counseling, mental health programming, up-skilling, job development, basic needs support, and programming with youth, via phone, email, through webinars and through our online programming platform. We are ready to continue to help youth face these unprecedented challenges, but we cannot do it without your help.

YES continues to break barriers to employment in a time when gaining 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.

Please make a donation today and help to ensure that our young people are not left behind.

How YES is helping

We are working hard to ensure that these displaced youths are re-engaged with the labor market as soon as possible. YES has quickly responded to the upturn in jobs that have sky-rocketed in demand, as well as those that require developed technological skills and digital literacy and our job developers are connecting youth to jobs that are least likely to face disruption.

In times of distress, youth need a caring adult that they can turn to, to help them make sense of the abrupt changes to their livelihood and to keep them connected to professional networks. YES continues to leverage its Mentorship Hub to connect youth with industry leaders virtually, through email and through telephone, so that they do not feel isolated in a time of social distance and to keep them connected to their industry.

Acknowledging the threat that automation and augmentation posed for our youth, YES has 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.

With technology, changing demographics and globalization altering the types of jobs available and the skills required for them, we need to ensure that young people are provided with the ability to develop the knowledge, values and a diverse range of skills for the digital age. YES will provide disadvantaged young people with the opportunity to acquire in-demand skills such as a Microsoft Azure Certification, Amazon Web Services Cloud certification, training in future skills, access to mentors, and work experience.

We plan to increase our mental health supports and programming as we anticipate an upturn in youth experiencing anxiety and depression. We will seek to introduce enhanced counselling and online cognitive behaviour therapy to support our most vulnerable youth through this crisis.

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Important Update Regarding YES Programs & Services

YES, as Canada’s leader in youth employment Services, is proud of its record of helping hundreds of thousands of youth gain employment and change lives. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, YES has put into place its business continuity plan, as requested by the Government of Ontario, which stated: “The work we do impacts the livelihood of many of our clients—and Ontario’s economy. That is why service continuity is important.” (David Carter-Whitney, Assistant Deputy Minister Employment and Training Division).

It is the expectation of the Government for service providers to operate in the most prudent manner and follow all the recommendations and health and safety guidelines, while still servicing Ontarians in need, especially our most vulnerable youth who might be seeking counseling, training and employment. As of March 24th until further notice, YES office locations will be closed to in-person appointments, however YES staff will continue to fully provide as much employment services as it can through, phone, virtual, on-line and remote counseling, training and more. 

Tim Lang

President & Chief Executive Officer

Youth Employment Services 



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YES Hosts Queen’s Park Breakfast

The Government of Ontario’s Honourable Monte McNaughton, The Honourable Ross Romano, former Premier Kathleen Wynn and Chris Glover gave remarks to MPPs, YES Board & Staff regarding the importance of helping youth change their lives through employment.

The Honourable Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development remarks at the YES Queen’s Park Breakfast

Event Photos

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Old Navy is Hiring!

Old Navy is hiring part-time Sales Associates at various locations in the GTA for the summer through the This Way Ahead program! See below for further details/requirements. Are you a fit? start your online application here!

Questions? Call 416-504-5516 and ask for the TWA team.

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Register Now for Job Central!

The Job Central employment program is now open. Get paid skills training and a work placement! Next group starts March 23rd at our 2562 Eglinton Ave W. location.

Call 416.656.8900 to get registered!



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Maclean’s Magazine names YES one of Top Charities in Canada

Maclean’s magazine named YES – Youth Employment Services as one of the top 100 charities in Canada in its 2020 list. Thus was based on a number of criteria including transparency, value for fundraising dollars, and achievement of the mission.

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