Through a unique collaborative partnership between Service Canada and the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough, the H.O.P.E. program brings community experts who educate, build self-esteem, reinforce positive change and personal success. H.O.P.E. targets youth who are disengaged from the educational system, unemployed or underemployed who are typically the most difficult to engage for training and securing long term employment. These youth not only need support for employment but also for life skills that will guide them in becoming successful adults.
Participants (youth aged 15-30) acquire the tools, skills and knowledge to overcome barriers that prevent them from sustainable employment. These barriers include but are not limited to: poor social interaction skills, anger management, poor self-esteem and poor communications skills all of which are addressed through various workshops.
This program challenges participants to not only believe in themselves but also encourages them to achieve their personal and professional goals through “group based employability skills” and “employability skills through work experience” (work placement opportunities).