Can you offer a work experience for a youth?

Youth@Work program is for teens and young adults with disabilities, ages 15 to 20, who are still in high school and have never had a summer or part-time job. By offering short unpaid work placements, employers give youth a chance to learn about themselves and build their life skills.

What kinds of jobs can the Youth@Work do?

Typical entry-level work tasks such as packing and unpacking, office work (data entry, filing, etc.), putting things on hangers or sticking price labels on, greeting and directing customers, assisting staff with recreation/play programs, etc. Please give us a call for more ideas. 

What do I do?

As a placement supervisor, your role will be to decide what work duties you will assign to the Youth@Work, provide an orientation to the work environment and tasks and be available for questions and feedback. At the end of the placement, we ask that you complete a short performance evaluation (checklist format) and meet briefly with Youth@Work to share some constructive feedback.  

How can I benefit?

Past employers have:

  • Told us they gained personally by enhancing their mentoring skills.
  • Consistently reported that they received sufficient support from Youth@Work staff throughout the work placement.
  •  Enjoyed the experience and committed to participating again.  

Please Note:

Our sponsor, Capital One, provides each participant with an honorarium on completion of the work placements. There is no cost to you.

Some Youth@Work participants have physical disabilities and others have learning or communication difficulties. We work with you to learn about your job requirements and physical space and then propose a Youth@Work who can perform the job duties. An accessible work area is not always required.

Our clients are covered by the Youth@Work program for WSIB and under Holland Bloorview’s general liability policy.

If needed, the Youth@Work program provides a support staff for the participants (e.g., job coaching or attendant services).