Fu­ture Lead­ers

Part III

Asian Journal - - Colors of Life -

The Fu­ture Lead­ers Pro­gram is a 16week pro­gram de­signed to ad­dress the mul­ti­ple bar­ri­ers to em­ploy­ment faced by vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity youth ages 15-30. The pro­gram pro­vides a com­bi­na­tion of Life Skills and Em­ploy­ment Skills train­ing for 6 weeks and a Work Place­ment com­po­nent for 10 weeks in the Re­tail, Food and Ser­vice sec­tors. The youth par­tic­i­pants also re­ceive wages while at­tend­ing class as well as op­por­tu­nity for cer­tifi­cate train­ing, such as Food Safe, First Aid, and Cashier & Cus­tomer Train­ing. The ob­jec­tive of the Fu­ture Lead­ers Pro­gram is to in­spire and em­power par­tic­i­pants by pro­vid­ing a spe­cial­ized cur­ricu­lum that will bridge the in­ter- cul­tural knowl­edge of Canadian work place ex­pec­ta­tions and en­hance their em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills. Here is a story about three im­mi­grant youth, An­war, Nadeen and Eh who par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram in 2014- 2015.

Nadeen Yousif Nadeen was born in Syria and ar­rived in Canada on May 28, 2013. Af­ter strug­gling to ad­just to the Canadian way of life for about a year, Nadeen came to know about the Fu­ture Lead­ers Pro­gram from a Set­tle­ment Coun­selor. In class with a group of 10 other im­mi­grant youth, Nadeen shared the tri­als & tribu­la­tions of ac­cul­tur­a­tion as well learn­ing Canadian life skills to­gether. Nadeen’s con­fi­dence grew as a part of this strong net­work of im­mi­grant youth; some­how the world is not as daunt­ing now that they are to­gether. In ad­di­tion to life skills, Nadeen also re­ceived train­ing on food safe, oc­cu­pa­tional first aid, as well cashier and cus­tomer ser­vice train­ing. Th­ese cer­tifi­cates boosted Nadeen’s em­ploy­a­bil­ity ex­po­nen­tially, and Nadeen was hired by A& W at the Guild­ford Town Cen­tre as a cashier. Dur­ing the pro­gram in­ter­view, Nadeen said “Now I have the skills to con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity”.

Way to go, Eh, An­war and Nadeen!!!!

Nadeen Yousif

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