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A Chance to Choose

In this project, youth develop a permaculture garden for a women’s shelter, creating a lasting legacy for the community. Youth gain skills in Project Management, Marketing, Fund Raising, Communications and Financing a Project. The faith community, retired volunteers, large and small business, service clubs and local politicians are all contributors to this initiative.

Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative (BAWFC)

The Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative (BAWFC) is a nationally recognized initiative, led by local and national foundations, to address the skills gap that leaves too many job-seekers and workers in poverty while employers are unable to meet needs for a skilled workforce. Launched in 2004, the BAWFC seeks to enhance economic competitiveness and reduce poverty by strengthening the ability of the workforce development system to meet the needs of employers and low-skilled adults. (USA)


Funded by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, BizGo is an entrepreneurial awareness project operating at Lutherwood’s Children’s Mental Health Centre on Benjamin Road in Waterloo.

Community Café

Through programs that promote healthy development in Spirit, Mind, and Body, the YMCA aims to provide youth with the opportunities for betterment in their own lives. The YMCA Community Café is doing just that, as it is a project executed by youth wanting to develop transferable skills and gain practical work experience. This Café is an initiative which teaches practical skills to those involved- preparing them with they employability skills that they will use their entire lives. The Café engages youth in a project in which they can take ownership, be dependable and be proud of their accomplishments.

Goldman Sachs – Returnship program

In the context of the war for talent, many employers are increasingly interested in bringing back successful employees – often women who left the workforce and put their careers on hold for a number of different reasons.

Modern Guild

Modern Guild is an online career mentoring program offering different level of career prep courses taught by real world practitioners and trained career coaches in 1-on-1 settings. Motivated, high-performing students are matched with passionate, successful industry professionals and trained career coaches; Assignments, prep interviews and mentor meetings all take place online. (USA)

Promising Practices in Aboriginal Human Resources

The Aboriginal Human Resources Council has gathered the most promising practices in terms of recruitment, retention, advancement and training of Aboriginal human resources in Canada, and showcases them on their website.

Second Chance

The Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development’s Second Chance is a one-year program that uses entrepreneurship models, business concepts and the art of planning as tools to assist youth (Ages 15-30) in conflict with the law in gaining the skills needed to become successful in life.


SkillWorks is a multiyear initiative to improve workforce development in Boston and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of helping low income individuals attain family supporting jobs and businesses find skilled workers.


Startup is a non-profit organization that provides self-employment support for offenders, ex-offenders and anyone who has come into contact with the criminal justice system and has found it to have an impact on their chances of employment. The re-offending rate of Startup clients is under 5% in comparison to the national average of 65%. (UK)

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