Employment Programs

Youth Job Connection

Team Lead Contact: Pamela Sertl

Tel: 416-574-3047   Pamela.sertl@360kids.ca

Unemployment can be overwhelming for anyone – it is a difficult process and can often be discouraging. Youth Job Connection is a new initiative that is designed to help young people between the ages of 15 and 29 living in Markham who face multiple barriers to employment. Barriers may include youth that are discriminated, LGBTTQ, Aboriginal, living with mental health or disabilities, or recent immigrants. In addition youth may be facing some combination of other challenging life circumstances, including living in poverty, poor or lack of labour market experience, in conflict with the law, or low levels of education and literacy. Participants who are between 15-18 years old must be legally excused from attending high school which means either the individual has graduated or they are participating in a supervised alternative learning program. This program provides access to employability and employment skills development, along with education/training and work experiences. The goal is to help youth achieve long-term employment, meaningful careers, and success in their future working lives.


There is no cost for this program. An assessment is required that focuses on the suitability for this initiative which is geared to individuals requiring support to achieve success in their endeavors to obtain and maintain employment. In addition to the usual barriers facing youth who are entering the work force, some additional suitability criteria are taken into consideration. Participants who do not meet the suitability criteria for Youth Job Connection are still eligible for and will be provided services through regular Employment Services programming.

Eligibility criteria:

  • 15 to 29 years old at the time of registration in the program
  • A resident of Markham, Ontario
  • Eligible to work in Canada
  • Unemployed
  • Not participating in a full-time training program


  • 60-90 hours of paid pre-employment workshops
  • Work placement with the chance to be hired on after
  • Transportation and training incentives during placement

Upcoming Fall 2016 Program Sessions

Tuesday – Fridays 10am-3:00pm

October 11- October 28

Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm

November 21 – December 2

January 9-January 20, 2017


YMCA Business Centre, 4855 14th Ave, Markham, Ontario

Youth Job Connection Summer

The 2016 session is now closed.  360˚kids thanks all participants and employers who made this program a success.  Details regarding registration for our 2017 summer session will be available in the spring.  Please check back at that time.

A summer component which provides summer job opportunities and part-time job placements during the school year to help multi-barriered high school students, aged 15 to 18, make positive educational and career choices. The focus is on supporting young people facing challenging life circumstances who are at risk of experiencing poor transitions between education and work.


  •  20 hours of paid pre-employment class training.
  • Part-time summer job placement with opportunity to work part-time in the fall on evenings and weekends.


  • 15-18 years of age
  • Must reside in Markham
  • Have a SIN card
  • Plan on returning to school in the Fall

If you would like to refer a participant please use the appropriate referral and consent to release information form attached below and send to Pamela.sertl@360kids.ca

Youth Job Connections Referral Form PDF-Summer Jobs

360°kids Youth Job Connections Referral Form

360kids Blank Standard Consent Form 2015


Volunteer Mentors Needed –

The role of a Mentor is to assist the youth in the Youth Job Connection program to reach their potential by guiding and encouraging them to excel and grow in their career path. Youth Job Connection offers intensive support and training for youth age 15 to 29 who are not working, not in school, and facing multiple barriers to employment. Each youth is paired with a mentor to support their career development.

Volunteer Duties:

  • Meet with mentee a minimum of once a month to establish working relationship and to support mentee in employment goals
  • To provide career related support and advice to youth

Mentor Volunteer


Base 4 Success

At 360°kids the Base 4 Success program is designed to provide a bridge between where someone is currently and where they hope to be. Unemployment can be overwhelming for anyone; it is a difficult process and can often be discouraging. The Base 4 Success program is a paid, 12-week hybrid learning experience that combines in-class training with on-the-job vocational experience.

Our program assists and empowers participants to overcome employment barriers that could potentially hinder their motivation or ability to be successful at work. By offering additional tools and certifications like WHMIS or Smart Serve, the Base 4 Success program has the potential to make a lasting impact towards sustainable employment for these youth. Our program is unique in that we offer a multifaceted, holistic approach to training. In the classroom, we work alongside the youth and guide them in training aspects such as budgeting, time- management, interpersonal communication, etc. While youth are in placement, our staff consistently go above and beyond to connect with the youth, helping them navigate the complicated transitional period of starting and maintaining new employment.

This program is available to support people within York Region who are 15-30 years of age, unemployed, out of school, not currently receiving any form of Employment Insurance (EI) (nor have done so within the past 5 years) and have a valid Social Insurance Number (S.I.N.).

We are now accepting participant applications and referrals for our summer/fall/winter sessions as follows:

Richmond Hill:      August 15, 2016-November 4, 2016

Richmond Hill:      December 5, 2016 – February 24, 2017

Vaughan:      November 7, 2016-Janaury 27, 2017

Newmarket:      January 30, 2017-April 28, 2017

Base 4 Success Flyer 2016

Base 4 Success Referral Form 2016

For more information or to make a referral please contact Pamela Sertl at 416-574-3047 or Pamela.sertl@360kids.ca



At 360°kids, we work with employers in a variety of sectors in order to meet the vast interests of the youth in our employment programs. In fact, some of our youth have already secured placements in retail, hospitality, landscaping, photography studios, restaurants, administration offices, yoga studios and more! Providing them with the right placement is crucial to their success, whether it leads to employment beyond the 10-week trial or simply receiving a resume reference to open doors along a desired path of employment.

Are you a York Region employer who would like more information about providing a work trial opportunity to one of our employment program participants? Please, call us today.

Fayyaz Samji, Job Developer, 360˚kids Employment Programs

(647) 637-6023   fayyaz.samji@360kids.ca