Celebrating a youthful milestone
MRON centre helping youth find employment for five years
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.
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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.