Federal government grants CCS Life for Youth program $1.5 million

by Danielle Marr

Parliamentary secretary Rodger Cuzner made an exciting announcement for Caledon Community Services’ Life for Youth program on July 24.

Cuzner, secretary to the minister of employment, workforce development and labour, announced that an application put together by CCS was selected above 900 others as the recipient of $1.5 million to continue running the youth employment program that recently wrapped up its 10th cycle.

According to CCS director of employment and development Cathy Perennec McLean, the program has assisted 240 local youth to date.

With the recent funding announcement, their hope is to help another 128 over the next three-year period.

Life For Youth helps young people gain employment through assistance with job search and networking, time management, communication skills, conflict resolution, stress management, and health and safety certifications.

The federal funding supporting Life for Youth is part of a national Youth Employment Strategy (YES), and the 2017 budget is investing $395.5 million over three years into the strategy.

“We have to give kids the opportunity to get into the workforce,” said Cuzner. “We have to help them to obtain those skills, to build that confidence and build that self esteem — that is really what today is all about.”


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