What is Toronto Youth Job Corps (TYJC)?
TYJC is an employment program designed to connect youth to the work place through employment, school and/or training. We work with youth, between the ages of 16-29 who are out of school and out of work, to develop important life and employment skills that will ensure future success.
To be eligible for the program you must complete a orientation week (unpaid). The orientation week consists of:
- TYJC staff and participants discuss the orientation week involving guidelines and expectations
- The group gets to know each other through a Team Building workshop
- Volunteering at places like the Furniture Bank and Belmont House
- Visits to George Brown College, St. James and Casa Loma Campus
- Visits to the Ontario Science Centre
- Who Am I? Interest Inventory and Self Evaluation series designed to help with career development
- An evaluation to see if the youth will be moving on to the program
- We will provide tokens for the orientation week.
The first phase of the program is called pre-placement. During pre-placement you will:
- Have one day a week of life skill workshops and one day a week of employment workshops
- Have three days a week on a paint site where you will practice your employability skills and learn to paint
- Learn how to create your own resume and cover letter tailored to your job search
- Become a paid member of a five-week Community Painting Project
- Get the opportunity to explore your strengths, increase stability in your personal life and receive feedback from staff on how you can be a successful employee
- Be paid based on your attendance, up to 35 hours a week at minimum wage
- Receive tokens until you receive your first pay cheque
- Develop relevant work and life skill experience and obtain an employment reference
- Have a final evaluation of your participation over the 5 weeks and be elegible for a completion bonus
The second phase of the program is called placement. During your placement, you:
- Could receive up to 24 weeks paid work placement with an employer in the community tied to your interests and skills
- Will receive ongoing support from staff to ensure you're developing skills during your employment opportunity
Finally we will support everyone in the TYJC program to further their educational and employment goals.