Cel­e­brat­ing a youth­ful mile­stone

MRON cen­tre help­ing youth find em­ploy­ment for five years

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY TERRY ROBERTS THE COM­PASS

The Bac­calieu Trail Youth Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre in Car­bon­ear cel­e­brated its fifth an­niver­sary on Nov. 21 by host­ing an up­beat re­cep­tion and launch­ing a Face­book page that will make it eas­ier for young peo­ple through­out the re­gion to ac­cess ad­vice and ser­vices from the cen­tre.

It was a spe­cial mile­stone that brought to­gether a small group of am­bi­tious young peo­ple, vol­un­teers, cen­tre staff and sup­port­ers of this valu­able re­source.

The cen­tre is an ini­tia­tive of Mariner Re­source Op­por­tu­ni­ties Net­work Inc. (MRON), which is the re­gional eco­nomic devel­op­ment board for Zone 17, and is sup­ported by the pro­vin­cial De­part­ment of Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills.

It pro­vides labour mar­ket, ed­u­ca­tional and ca­reer in­for­ma­tion to clients be­tween the ages of 15 and 30. Coun­sel­lors are also avail­able dur­ing week­days to help clients ex­plore ca­reer op­tions, de­velop a re­sume, pre­pare cover let­ters, iden­tify ref­er­ences, get in­ter­view tips, and much more.

The cen­tre also of­fers a com­puter in­for­ma­tion cen­tre and a re­source li­brary, and is lo­cated at the MRON build­ing at 22 Goff Av­enue.

Since open­ing its doors in 2007, the cen­tre has pro­vided ser­vices to over 700 youth, and some 415 em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties have been filled by cen­tre clients.

What’s more, al­most 130 cen­tre clients have gone on to pur­sue post­sec­ondary stud­ies.

Gor­don Stone of Har­bour Grace, who chairs MRON’s vol­un­teer board of direc­tors, said it’s been five years of “hard work” and de­scribed the cen­tre as a success story.

He of­fered spe­cial praise to staff mem­bers Flora Jack­man, Tif­fany Snow and Marg Coombs for “help­ing hun­dreds of our clients find jobs.”

Through their in­ter­ac­tion with the cen­tre, Stone said many have dis­cov­ered an in­ter­est in cer­tain ca­reers, and have fur­thered their stud­ies.

“That’s what makes us so thrilled to­day,” he said. “To know the young men and women, who are the clients that we work with, are be­com­ing a success.

“That’s what makes us suc­cess­ful and that’s what a cel­e­bra­tion is all about. We are all feel­ing so good to­day that we can help out. And that’s what we’re here for — to help our young peo­ple suc­ceed.”

Added Mike Mutrey, a former em­ployee and client at the cen­tre, “I be­lieve the cen­tre has been success- ful be­cause they care.”

Mutrey wrote about his involvement with the cen­tre, and how two years of work­ing as a sum­mer stu­dent at the cen­tre con­vinced him to pur­sue a busi­ness de­gree.

Mutrey had spent two years study­ing to be­come a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher, but was never fully sat­is­fied with his choice.

“Lit­tle did I know this po­si­tion would change my fu­ture,” he wrote of his two sum­mers at the cen­tre. “I now have 10 cour­ses be­tween me and grad­u­a­tion.

“I wouldn’t be where I am to­day with­out them,” Mutrey said of the cen­tre’s staff.

Judy O’Dell, a client ser­vices of­fi­cer with the De­part­ment of Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills, also com­mended the cen­tre’s staff.

“We are quite pleased with the ser­vice that is of­fered to clients in the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion area,” she said. “The staff are quite knowl­edge­able and and very open to clients to as­sist them with up-to-date labour mar­ket in­for­ma­tion and pro­vide the tools to help them make choices in their em­ploy­ment plans.”

MRON’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Karen Davis, said the cen­tre has devel­oped into a “fo­cal point” for youth in the re­gion.

She said ideas and sug­ges­tions about how the cen­tre can be ex­panded or im­proved are wel­comed.

“BTYEC be­lieves that no one can have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of youth than youth them­selves,” said Davis.

For more, call 596.3700, toll free 1.877.596.3777, or email btyec@mron.ca.

On the web: http://www.btyec.ca/de­fault.php

ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Pho­tos by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

Shown here launch­ing the new Face­book page for the Bac­calieu Trail Youth Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre in Car­bon­ear last week are, from left, em­ploy­ment coun­cil­lor Tif­fany Snow, and cen­tre clients Eric Hol­loway of Har­bour Grace and Ry­er­son Reid of Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate.

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