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5,000+ Job Seekers Expected: 18th Annual Youth Hiring Fair

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre would like to extend an invitation for your organization to participate in the 18th Annual Youth Hiring Fair taking place on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at the Big Four Building, Stampede Park.

Over 5,000 youth between the ages of 15-24 are expected to attend this event, representing a variety of skill and educational levels.

Please review our Youth Hiring Fair invitation letter which includes details about the event as well as pricing information. For your convenience you may register online or you may download a registration form and submit it by fax (403) 268-2383 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This fair is a fantastic opportunity to meet with youth that are looking for part-time, full-time, seasonal and career opportunities and to promote your organization. For more information on the 18th Annual Youth Hiring Fair contact Jennifer Gee at (403) 268-1303 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to having your organization take part in this event!

Employer Events at YEC

Youth 15-24 can drop in to The Youth Employment Centre Thursday, February 18 from 1:30-4 p.m. to learn about the retail and customer service training program offered by EmployMe Calgary. This five month program is for unemployed people who have been out of school for 12 months. Participants complete classroom training, industry certificates and a work experience placement. EmployMe has a session starting in March 2016, so this would be the perfect time to find out if this program is right for you. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 403-268-3784.

Career Cafe Update & Up Next - Learn about the Insurance Industry

30 people attended the Career Café on retail management careers at the Central Library on January 22. The speakers were Jason Baird and Louie Chong from TJX Canada and Gillian Petraschuk and Sandy Carson from Calgary Co-op. Both employers are currently hiring and offer an excellent management trainee program. It is possible for people to start as clerks and work their way up to department managers, store managers, district managers, buyers, etc. The most important thing is to like people, provide excellent customer service, help the team and show up for shifts. Thank you very much to our speakers for sharing their career journeys and promoting this rewarding career.

Thank you to Fatema Azim from the Calgary Immigrant Woman's Association and Farrah Deebhaa from EmployMe Calgary for providing information about the retail training programs. The next Career Café is on February 26 featuring careers in the insurance industry. Career Café is presented by The Career Development Association of Alberta, The Calgary Public Library and The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre. For more information about Career Café contact Leita Blasetti at 403-268-3784.

YEC Bursary Fund

The Youth Employment Centre's Bursary Fund is a financial assistance program that targets the needs of clients aged 15-24. Funded through the United Way in partnership with Discovering Choices High School, Youth Probation, and the Youth Employment Centre, the Bursary Fund provides financial support to Youth. Depending on an assessment of needs, the Bursary Fund provides youth with support in the areas of clothing, tools, housing, medical expenses, education, and transportation. All youth are eligible to qualify for assistance from the Bursary Fund based on financial need. The Bursary Fund is an excellent opportunity for any youth in Calgary who requires a financial boost to achieve his/her goals and find meaningful employment. In 2015, the Youth Employment Centre's Bursary Fund helped 161 youth.

Employers can now apply for the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP)

This year the Alberta government has reintroduced the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The program will support employers that hire students by providing a wage subsidy of $7 per hour for work opportunities between four and 16 weeks in length, from May 1 to August 31, 2016. To participate, students must be in high school or post-secondary and returning to school full-time in the fall.

Eligible employers include small businesses, non-profit organizations, public libraries, municipalities, First Nations, Métis Settlements, publicly-funded post-secondary institutions, and school boards.

Funding will be allocated by sector and across the province to ensure a fair distribution of STEP positions and to benefit a broad range of students and employers. Positions must be full-time at a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Employers interested in hiring a student for a summer position are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications must be submitted before the February 29, 2016 deadline. All eligible applications received by this deadline will be considered.

Check the STEP Guidelines for complete eligibility requirements. Information and application forms are available online at

Client Success Story

James is a 15 year old high school student who is a recent newcomer to Canada. Because of his young age, James was struggling to find employment, so he dropped into the YEC in search of assistance. After meeting with counsellors and a community development worker at the YEC, James became interested in volunteering in order to gain valuable work experience so that he would be ready to enter the workforce at 16. James became a volunteer with the City of Calgary's Recreation department and began developing experience. Through his volunteer experience, James gained networking contacts to obtain more volunteering opportunities. The YEC registered James with Community Voice Mail, a voicemail inbox system which allows potential employers to contact phoneless applicants by leaving recorded messages. The CVM allowed employers to contact James regarding any volunteering opportunities that he may be interested in. As he gains more experience, James is now on a positive path to confidently enter the workforce when he is of age.

My Best Friend’s Closet

Fitting in is a big part of the teen experience, and having clothes that you are proud to wear assists with both motivation to attend school and the confidence to connect with peers. However, sending teens to school is expensive - especially for parents whose budgets are stretched. For new Canadians, the variety of clothes needed to manage through Calgary's weather is often unexpected and financially out of reach. Making Changes Association is proud to present its youth program for teen girls to meet this need.

My Best Friend's Closet provides girls aged 12 - 18 from low-income households with clothing in current styles to meet their school and recreational needs for one year. There is a wide selection of gently used clothing, including jeans, leggings, hoodies, sweaters, flats, boots and much more! All of this at no cost!

For more information, and to learn how to place a referral, please visit Making Changes Association:

Employer Spotlight - Between Friends

Are you looking for a summer job that will allow you to help people and make a difference? Between Friends is the place you want to be!

If you haven't heard of Between Friends, they are a charitable organization in Calgary that aims to provide quality social, recreation and self-development opportunities for people with disabilities to connect, grow and belong. Between Friends is currently hiring seasonal summer positions to run their summer day camps!

Many people with disabilities seek social and recreational activities that are essential to enriching self-esteem, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Between Friends facilitates programs with these goals in mind while promoting a focus on shared interests over individual differences.

Between Friends hires over 150 part time staff and there is opportunity to move up in the agency for returning seasonal staff. After starting as a group leader, there are 6 positions staff can move on to. They offer two scholarship opportunities for their staff that are also students. Their summer camp hours are full-time, Monday-Friday from the end of June to the end of August. They also have year round programs that run 2-3 hours on weekday evenings or weekends.

To be hired by Between Friends, applicants must be 18 years of age, go through a short phone interview, an in-person interview, provide references, and pass criminal record and child welfare checks. To volunteer with Between Friends, you only need to be 16 years old for their programs and 12 years old for their camps. Camp starting wage is $12.74/hour.

To learn more about working for Between Friends, visit their website ( or their Facebook page. Résumés and cover letters can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Be sure to check out Between Friends' booth at our annual Youth Hiring Fair happening on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 1:30-6:00pm on Stampede Park!

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