Today’s youth are the first generation that has effectively grown up on the Internet and technology boom that was seen during the 1990s. This generation is comfortable with adopting new technologies and is well-connected through laptops and mobile devices. Active in social initiatives and extra-curricular activities, youth find themselves working hard to balance school and life. However, with a greater number of families having both parents working and restrictions on transportation from graduated licensing and a busy home life, today’s youth have challenges in maximizing their experiences.
Engaged youth, with proven skills, are finding themselves in a difficult space
In a competitive world, many youth are seeking opportunities to distinguish themselves in the academic and extracurricular areas to increase their chances for tuition grants to defray the costs of post-secondary education. However, this causes students to have limited time and options to engage in meaningful employment outside of school and sport. For those with greater ambitions, the inability to earn a dispensable income and save for university/college both increases the importance of grants and bursaries, and increases the debt burden taken on by the youth. For those with significant technical skills, the opportunities for work are often limited and do not take advantage of their skill set. Finally, in provinces such as Ontario, high school students are required to fulfill 40 hours of community service, which is yet another item that complicates their schedules. Today’s youth also face challenges in obtaining:
How we are supporting our youth
Our goal at YP-IT is to provide employment opportunities that complement current lifestyle commitments of today’s youth. Acknowledging the skills and technical capabilities of youth to address needed tasks in this digital world, we are seeking to support youth in a number of areas, including:
In recognizing that a 4-hour shift may not always fit into the daily schedule, especially with the demands from school and other activities, we have organized our program to allow youth to have the flexibility to work around their schedule. An appropriate work-life balance and a focus on education are important to us and, as such, we have included limits to the hours students can work during the school year.
Productivity and efficiency are important factors in business and by tapping the existing skills of students with today’s technologies, YP-IT will be able to provide relevant work that youth can quickly pick-up and excel at.
Exposure and Experience are two key gaps that our program seeks to fill by providing youth with the opportunity to learn more about various fields of work and to gain experience in those fields that are of greatest interest to them. Moreover, with the increased importance of Information and Communications Technology in business, the importance to support youth in the development of careers in these fields is vital to the long-term health of all businesses.
A sense of personal growth and responsibility often follows students who begin to gain individual financial growth. In working with partners in the financial industry YP-IT endeavours to provide the needed tools, services and support to youth in order for them to become independent and financially responsible members of society.
Where appropriate, we will work with community groups and charities in need of services that can be addressed by youth working within the YP-IT framework to assist in meeting a student’s community service hours.
Education and training are important for the well-being of individuals, communities and the nation. Unfortunately, attending a post-secondary institution is not always within the financial reach of our youth. Additionally, some youth grow up in situations where conditions are less than ideal. In order to provide every youth who works for YP-IT the opportunity to reach their potential, a contribution for each hour worked to an education fund will be made, with the goal of reaching 1-year of post-secondary tuition after 4 years of working for us.