Youth Works

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Youth Works Program sponsored by RBC Future Launch and funded in part by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program


Youth Works is a pre-employment development program that aims to help youth in and from care in their transition to independence.


When youth “age out” of the child welfare system, it can be a stressful and disorienting time. They lose access to all supports, including a social worker and other resources. Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is committed to helping to ensure that youth transitioning from child welfare across Canada into an independent life have improved access to post-secondary education and to setting them on the course for finding and maintaining meaningful employment. In partnership with six child- and youth-serving partners, we are implementing the Youth Works program in Richmond, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Brandon, Manitoba; Toronto, Ontario; Ottawa, Ontario; and Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Youth Works Impact Report

Youth Works Impact Report (FR)

Program Components

1. Employability Skills

Employment counselors will work with youth participants individually or in groups to prepare them for their employment path (preparing resumes, completing job applications, employment-readiness skills, career development, networking opportunities, etc.)

2. Internships and Job Placements

Youth who are job-ready will receive support with job searching and be referred to employers for meaningful work experience

3. Employment Training Supports

Youth who need credentials or training for entry-level jobs such as first aid and CPR, food handler’s certification, or a driver’s license to accept a job will be supported in accessing them


Eligible Age Range: Youth aged 16-29 are welcome to participate in the program.

Legal Status: Participants must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a protected person under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Work Authorization: Individuals must be legally entitled to work in Canada, meeting both federal and relevant provincial/territorial legislation requirements.

Diverse Educational Backgrounds: The program is inclusive of individuals with varying education levels, from some high school and GED to high school diploma and post-secondary education.

Child Welfare Connection: The program is open to youth in or from permanent care, or those who have been in a youth agreement with a child welfare agency.

Program Engagement: Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate a willingness and commitment to engage with the program, including active participation in training, job placement, or stability activities, showcasing motivation to find and retain employment.

Interested in participating?


Robyn Yon
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Toronto and GTA

Asifa Malik
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Mitra Zouhmand
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Richmond or Vancouver

Anisha Sarana
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Afolake Ajadi
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Fredericton or Saint John

Lianne Comeau
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