Employment Programs

Youth Job Connection

Program Co-ordinator:

Nirubha Shanmuganathan

Tel: 647-218-0178


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.  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)

Upcoming Sessions:

November 26th, 2018 – December 7th, 2018

January 7th, 2018 – January 18th, 2018

February 11th,  2018 – February 22nd, 2018

March 11th , 2018 – March 22nd , 2018



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

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


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 will consist of two components:

 A year-round component, which will provide intensive employment supports for youth aged 15 to 29 who are not in employment, education or training and who experience multiple barriers to employment listed above.

A summer component (Youth Job Connection: Summer) 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 and at risk of experiencing poor transitions between education and work.


  •  20 hours of 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



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.

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

360kids Youth Job Connection 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