Make 150 Count.

April 11, 2017

1987. I was nine years old; a third grade student, a child of the eighties. It was the first year I was asked to participate in the school’s annual fundraiser – the “MS Read-A-Thon” – where students asked friends and family to sponsor them for every book read.
_DSC2104As the donation booklets were distributed, my eyes ran up and down the columns at the back of the brochure. Sponsors. Amount Offered. Books Read.

I paled slightly, my hands trembling as I shoved the booklet in my desk. I felt sick.

My immigrant parents weren’t the type to support charitable initiatives. Don’t get me wrong; they willfully donated to their church and its associated fundraising campaigns, it’s just that they were much less inclined to extend that generosity to organizations unknown to them. I feared that I would be the only student who didn’t raise a sizable contribution – or any at all! – for the fundraiser.

My grade 3 teacher could sense that something was off. Pulling me aside during outdoor recess, she asked if I had any questions about the annul Read-A-Thon. Not wanting to lie, I confided in her.   (more…)

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Trending Today: Tackling Youth Unemployment in Canada

December 1, 2015

For most Canadian teens, there’s a “catch-22” to finding a first job:

1. You can’t get a job without experience.
2. You can’t get experience without a job.

This is at the crux of the global youth unemployment crises.

In Canada, youth unemployment rates reached 13.3 per cent in October 2015. In fact, according to a Youth Employment Survey by Nestlé Canada, it was revealed that while youth unemployment is a prevalent issue across Canada, only 25 per cent of Canadians say their place of employment offers intern/apprenticeship programs to help youth gain entry-level experience.

So, how can youths help your workforce? Think about it. Given today’s technologically savvy environment, Canadians agree that the strongest skills and qualities that this demographic brings to the table are social media expertise (68 per cent) and IT knowledge (65 per cent). A strong percentage also recognize this group provides added value through their fresh perspective (58 per cent) and bridge the gap by tapping into today’s trends (55 per cent).

Therefore, we know that youths are integral to staying innovative and ahead of the curve. And, I’m happy to share that Nestlé Canada recently announced the launch of its Youth Initiative, a multifaceted program designed to provide tangible training opportunities and experiences for more than 5,000 young adults over the next three years.
NEWCOR_YouthInitiative_E_Sep15_FEED (2)Nestlé’s Youth Initiative will offer young Canadian youths the opportunity to develop their professional skills, increase their employability and expand their network. The value of this type of tangible work experience and hands-on training opportunity is unequivocal to Canadians, with nearly all (96 per cent) in agreement that internships and apprenticeship programs are valuable tools that help youth gain practical and valuable experience they can use to enter the workforce.  (more…)

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