Employment Programs

360°kids Employment Programs are designed to empower and encourage participants to overcome employment barriers that could potentially hinder their motivation and ability to be successful at work. Our programs are unique in that we cultivate an empathic, holistic approach in preparation for employment as youth move to a state of safety and stability. We support youth in preparation for employment and in developing skills necessary to maintain new job opportunities. Employment barriers include, but not limited to, discrimination, experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, LGBTTQ, police record, Aboriginal, recent immigrant and living with mental health challenges.

Employment Programs offered by 360°kids include:

  • Specialized Training for Employment Program (STEP),
  • Base 4 Success (B4S)
  • Youth Job Connection (YJC),
  • Youth Job Connection Summer (YJCS)
  • Youth Success Strategy (YSS) and
  • Every Bite Matters (EBM)

To make a referral or apply to our employment programs, please complete and submit the following form to Pamela Sertl at Pamela.sertl@360kids.ca or faxed at 905-475-5733

360kids Employment Programs Referral Form 2017 – Electronic version (Word format)

360kids Employment Programs Referral Form 2017 – Printable version (PDF)

 

Specialized Training Employment Program (STEP)

STEP provides employment training and supports to youth with barriers and self-identify specifically with mental health challenges. Through counselling, one-on-one job coaching and paid work placement opportunities, STEP has the potential to make a lasting impact towards sustainable employment for youth.

We meet youth at their level of employment readiness and work alongside them in achieving goals based on their individual needs and abilities. We guide participants through employment certifications (Smart Serve, WHMIS, Food Handlers, First Aid/CPR) and provide training and skills development in topics such as budgeting, stress management, interpersonal communication, and conflict resolution. While youth are in their employment placements, we are committed to offer ongoing job skills coaching in overcoming challenges in retaining long- term meaningful employment.

Participants in STEP must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Self- identify with mental health challenges
  • Be between the ages of 15-30
  • Currently unemployed and not attending full time school
  • Have not received any form of Employment Insurance (EI) within the past 5 years
  • A valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) and legally eligible to work in Canada

If you would like to know more information about the STEP program, please send inquiries to

Denise Nartey, Employment Counsellor denise.nartey@360kids.ca  or 416-573-8386

Base 4 Success (B4S)

B4S is a 12 week paid employment program for youth who face barriers to employment. Through 120 hours of facilitated classroom pre-employment workshops and 240 hours of paid work placement opportunities, B4S has the potential to make a lasting impact towards sustainable employment for youth.

Participants are provided with certification opportunities for Smart Serve, WHMIS, Food Handlers and First Aid/CPR, participate in a 1 day team building excursion and training in employment and life skill topics such as budgeting, stress management, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, healthy relationships, self-care and time management. While youth are in their employment placements, we provide ongoing support and coaching to assist them in overcoming challenges in retaining long- term meaningful employment.

Participants in B4S must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 15-30
  • Are currently unemployed and not attending full time school
  • Have not received any form of Employment Insurance (EI) within the past 5 years
  • A valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) and legally eligible to work in Canada

January 15, 2018 –interviews will begin January 2nd  submit your referral form today

February 26, 2018 – interviews will begin the week of February 12th

April 9, 2018 – interviews will begin the week of March 26th

If you would like to know more information about the B4S program, please contact Tally Fahmy, Team Lead, at (416)768-7074 or tally.fahmy@360kids.ca

 

Youth Job Connection (YJC)

 YJC includes paid pre-employment workshops, job matching and placement support. Participants first complete 60 hours of pre-employment workshops which include topics such as resume writing, interview skills, customer service and more. After completing the workshops, participants will be supported by a 360°kids Job Developer with finding a paid employment opportunity. Specialized training required by placement employers such as First Aid/CPR, Smart Serve, WHMIS, Working at Heights, Security, etc. can be provided through program funding.

Note: there is a paid 60 hour (minimum) pre-employment training component to this program which is facilitated in Markham. Pre-employment must be completed before an employment opportunity can be provided.

2018 YJC Pre-employment Workshops

(Classes run 10am -4pm Monday – Friday)

January 29 – February 9

March 5 – March 16

 

WORKSHOP PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED- SEND US YOUR REFERRAL FORM IN TODAY!

Eligibility criteria:

  • 15 to 29 years old at the time of registration in the program
  • Ontario resident
  • Eligible to work in Canada
  • Unemployed or has part time, casual, sporadic or seasonal work
  • Not participating in another full-time training program

If you would like to know more information about YJC, please send inquiries to Nirubha Shanmuganathan at nirubha.shan@360kids.ca or call 647-218-0178.

 

Youth Job Connection Summer (YJCS)

YJCS supports secondary school students with multiple barriers through mandatory employability skills training and part time employment opportunities, either throughout the summer or at a maximum of 10 hours per week during the school year.  We guide and coach students to make positive educational and career choices as well as gain valuable work experience.

Note: there is a paid 20 hour minimum pre-employment training component to this program which is facilitated in Markham. Pre-employment must be completed before a job placement/work trial opportunity can be provided.

Eligibility criteria:

  • 15-18 years of age
  • Either participating in or planning to return to secondary school in the fall
  • Ontario resident
  • SIN card and able to legally work in Ontario

WORKSHOP PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIREDSessions for 2017 are filled, we will be accepting referrals for next year.

If you would like to know more information about YJCS, please send inquiries to Nirubha Shanmuganathan at nirubha.shan@360kids.ca or call 647-218-0178.

 

Youth Success Strategy (YSS)

YSS Employment Counselling assists youth in reaching their employment goals who 1) do not require the supports of a formal program or 2) do not meet eligibility criteria of our formal programs.

Servicing youth at 360°kids support sites across York Region, the YSS Employment Counsellor will guide youth through the job search process, while building their resume’s and cover letters, preparing for interviews and ultimately getting the job!

With the YSS program, 360°kids is supporting youth who are work ready but need that last bit of assistance to cross over the finish line of being successfully employed.

For further information about YSS Employment Counselling, please send inquiries to Shazia Ajani at shazia.ajani@360kids.ca  or call 647-229-4183.

 

Every Bite Matters (EBM)

Every Bite Matters (EBM) is a 12-week paid employment program for youth who face barriers to employment and have interest in culinary skill development.

Participants are provided with certification opportunities for Smart Serve, WHMIS, Food Handlers and First Aid/CPR, as well as pre-employment workshops focused on job readiness and life skill development.

The EBM program schedule is as follows:

Weeks 1 and 2 – in class pre-employment workshops Monday to Friday 10am-4pm

Weeks 3 to 8 – Friday’s in class pre-employment workshops, Monday to Thursday in our very own HUB kitchen learning and practicing culinary skills and safety.  During this time, participants will have the opportunity to deliver and dine with community seniors over lunches they themselves have planned and prepared.

Weeks 9-12 – Friday’s in class pre-employment workshops, Monday to Thursday 24 hours/week in an culinary focused employment placement.

Participants in EBM must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 15-30
  • Have not received any form of Employment Insurance (EI) within the past 5 years
  • A valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) and legally eligible to work in Canada

EBM will be hosted at the Richmond Hill HUB, 360° Home Base, 10415 Yonge Street and class sizes is limited to 5 participants.

Our next 3 sessions of EBM begin:

January 2, 2018 –now completing interviews, submit your referral form ASAP

March 26, 2018 – interviews will begin the week of March 12th

June 4, 2018 – interviews will begin the week of May 21st

If you would like to know more information about the EBM program, please contact Pamela Sertl, Manager of Employment Programs at pamela.sertl@360kids.ca or (416) 574-3047.

 

Employers

 At 360°kids, we partner with employers in a variety of sectors in order to meet the vast interests of the youth in our employment programs. We believe that every employment opportunity should be directly linked to future goals, at minimum providing opportunities to practice and master transferrable skills.

To achieve this, we are always looking for new employer connections who are ready and willing to provide mentorship and support in guiding a youth along their journey, in many cases from a state of vulnerability to stability. Accessing the right placement is crucial to their success, leading the youth towards a desired path of sustainable employment.

If you would like more information about becoming a 360°kids employer, please contact Tally Fahmy at 416-768-7074 or  tally.fahmy@360kids.ca.

 

Mentorship

The role of an Employment Mentor is to assist our participants reach their potential by guiding and encouraging them to excel and grow in their career path. 360°kids employment programs offer intensive support and training for youth ages 15 to 30 who are facing multiple barriers to employment. Each youth is paired with a mentor to support their career development. The minimum time commitment requested is 1 hour per month, however it is often more effective for mentors/mentees to meet on a more regular basis.

If you would like more information about becoming a 360°kids mentor, please contact Nirubha Shanmuganathan at nirubha.shan@360kids.ca or call 647-218-0178.