DiverseCity launched in 2008 to change the face of leadership in the Greater Toronto Region. Maytree and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance knew that a more diverse leadership was required to create a stronger and more prosperous city region. Together, we initiated an annual research report to map and track the levels of diversity in leadership. The first annual report established the benchmark for our city. In 2009, only 13% of the city region’s leadership were visible minorities vs. 49.5% of the population studied. To address this gap, we created a series of action-oriented leadership development initiatives enabling hundreds of new leaders to emerge across the public, corporate and nonprofit sectors.
During the last year Intel has worked to improve the experience of Intel employees as they prepare for retirement. One of the results of this effort is that Intel established the new Encore Fellowship pilot. This pilot is for current U.S. employees who are eligible to retire and it gives them an additional option as they transition into retirement. The program has the added benefit of providing a new source of experienced talent to nonprofit organizations. Similar to the Tuition for Teaching program, this is an alternative for employees to consider as they prepare for the transition into retirement.
[United States] At Jobs for the Future, we believe all high schools can benefit from partnering with employers, colleges, and the workforce system to build seamless pathways through college and into technical careers. And thanks to funding from Youth CareerConnect, 25 to 40 school districts will soon join this growing movement.
The Kocihta eMentorship pilot will help close Canada’s Indigenous education and employment gap by increasing the confidence of Indigenous youth and empowering them to pursue a career that unites with their passions and skills.
The Legacy Careers Project was a five day programme of career enrichment activities for schools in East London. The programme ran from June to December 2013 with students moving from Year 8 to Year 9. It provided information and activities to support students to better understand their future career options. The project takes its inspiration from the Olympic Games and is informed by the opportunities offered by Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This paper sets out the findings of an evaluation of the project conducted by the International Centre for Guidance Studies. The evaluation concludes that the project was successful. Evaluators noted the delivery of an effective and coherent career learning programme that aligned well with best practice in the sector.
The province of Nova Scotia is teaming up with businesses to help recent graduates stay in Nova Scotia through student employment programs.
The Counselling Foundation of Canada awarded a two-year grant to Partners for Youth (PFY) in 2011. The mission of PFY is to engage youth in New Brunswick facing challenges and obstacles in their lives to become capable, connected and contributing members of their communities. Partners for Youth achieves its mission through innovative programs and services which promote experiential learning in safe, supportive and rewarding environments, in collaboration with public, private and not for profit partners. Part of the funding is earmarked to support a two-year Financial Literacy pilot designed to help youth-at risk who are enrolled in alternate education sites to learn about budgeting, saving, credit, investing and financial planning issues that are connected to both their educational outcomes and real life situations.
The WE Nav Program assesses the student’s skills, allows high school students to sit in on a university of college class, spend a day shadowing a job or career they may be interested in. It asks what employers are looking for and what employers expect.