YES June Newsletter 2018-06-05

Our June Newsletter comes with exciting announcements about our annual fundraising event Tune In To YES and new projects to help youth in Quebec! As well, learn about our Client of the Month, Paul Neudorf and our new Impact Dialogue Series! Also included: the upcoming summer session of Business Skills for Creative Youth, a recap of our event in collaboration with the Quebec Government + C2 and so much more!

 

SAVE THE DATE: The 12th Edition of Tune In To YES will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Stay tuned to see what we have in store for this year's benefit bash! 

YES received funding from the Government of Quebec towards new projects to keep our rising talents in Quebec! Read more>>>

YES at the C2 Montréal: A perfect day for connections and engagement! Check out a short recap on the day's activites>>>

SUCCESS! Over 40 youth and seniors got engaged with non-profits at the first of our Impact Dialogue Series.
See the photos and watch the video>>>

Are you 18-35 years of age and looking to make money from your art? A new session of Business Skills for Creative Youth starts soon. Find out more>>>


Learn about Paul Neudorf and how his career progressed by leaps and bounds in our Client of the Month feature.

Stay up to date on all our workshops and events or view and download our Winter/Spring Program Book.

 
 
JOB SEEKERS ENTREPRENEURS ARTISTS
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Whether you need sales and marketing advice or have questions about financing options and resources, our business coaches are here to help! 

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Want to turn your artistic practice into a profession or business?

Our Artists’ Program services include individual and group coaching, workshops, networking activities, conferences, lunch-and-learns, and more.

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As a registered non-profit charity, we help individuals to achieve social and economic integration. 
We do this by helping people find a job, start a business or earn income from their art, right here in Quebec.
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SAVE THE DATE: TUNE IN TO YES - OCTOBER 24, 2018. GET READY TO WALK AMONG THE STARS...
 
 
YES TO RECEIVE FUNDING FOR NEW INITIATIVES TO ADDRESS YOUTH RETENTION AND BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT
 
At a press conference on May 23rd, Kathleen Weil, Minister responsible for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, announced funding of more than $450,000 from the Government of Quebec for several projects at YES (internships, networking events + more) with the goal of ensuring youth retention and to help integrate more young people into the Quebec economy. The projects will address barriers and seek opportunities for employment for more than 300 young people through targeted and personalized programs designed to counter the impact of out-migration, strengthen the labour market and support the economic development of the province.

The goals of these projects are to:
  • Assist new graduates to integrate into the job market and gain practical skills and experience in their field through paid internships.  
  • Bring together over 70 companies and match them with 170 youth through a series of networking events.
  • Help build more bridges with the French corporate community, YES will identify French community partners and companies and collaborate with them to successfully integrate more graduates into their companies and into the workforce. 
Stay tuned to www.yesmontreal.ca as we will unveil more about these programs throughout the year!
 

Kathleen Weil, Minister responsible for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers announcing partnership between YES, McGill University and the Government of Quebec

Back, left to right: Louis Arsenault (McGill), Gerald Cutting (Townshippers’ Association); William Floch, (Secrétaire adjoint, Ministère du Conseil exécutif - Gouvernement du Québec), Daniel Weinstock (McGill’s Institute for Health and Social Policy), and Caroline van Rossum (CIUSSS Estrie-CHUS). Front, left to right: Doris Juergens (President, YES), Iris Unger, (Executive Director, YES); Kathleen Weil (Minister responsible for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers) and Rachel Hunting (Executive Director, Townshippers Association)
 
YES AT THE C2 MONTRÉAL - A GREAT DAY FOR CONNECTIONS!
 
YES was chosen to partner with C2 and the Quebec Government to invite 100 graduates and 50 companies to C2 Montréal, an immersive, event that brought together thousands of decision-makers and creative minds to collectively shape, experience, and challenge the future of business.

The YES partnership initiative was specifically designed to help graduates find economic opportunities in Quebec by connecting them with potential employers and companies at the event. Attendees had the unique opportunity to participate in networking events, panels and discussions such as the branding workshop offered by RBC with guest speaker Alexandre Caron (pictured on the right).

Special thanks to the Government of Quebec and C2 for helping to make this both an exciting and memorable day for all of our participants!
 
IMPACT DIALOGUE SERIES: YOUTH AND SENIORS MEET TO GET ENGAGED WITH NON-PROFITS
 
On Monday, May 28th, over 40 youth and seniors converged at the St. Jax to participate in a panel focused on volunteering and on ways to get involved in the non-profit sector. There was a diverse range of panelists including several executive directors from a wide range of non-profit organizations based in the Greater Montreal Area.  The lively discussion focused on the numerous ways in which volunteers contribute to these organizations, the personal and professional benefits of volunteering, and the panelists’ own experience working within the non-profit sector. 
 
 
Do you want to make a positive impact in the world, but aren’t sure where to start?
 
Are you looking for ways to stay socially active that will not only let you connect and meet new people,
but also make a positive impact on your community?


The non-profit sector could be a fit for you!
 

Getting involved in a non-profit can give you the opportunity to develop your skills and talents – from marketing to event planning to project management – while actively helping people and communities.

Click on the image to the right and check out this insightful video featuring Steve Robins,YES Mentor & Advisory Committee Chair,  as he discusses all the pros of volunteering with a non-profit.
 
 SUMMER SESSION FOR BUSINESS SKILLS FOR CREATIVE YOUTH STARTS SOON!
 
 
DISCOVER HOW PAUL NEUDORF LAUNCHED HIS DREAM BUSINESS WITH THE HELP OF YES
 
Paul Neudorf of Atelier Stōbben
Paul Neudorf got his start with a background in journalism and filmmaking, but as many artists will attest to, the difficulty of earning a living so early in their creative career causes them to look elsewhere for financial stability.
 
“I’ve been reinventing myself with the help of YES for over a decade,” Paul says. “First, after I graduated from journalism at Concordia, YES helped me get a job at CKUT Radio; then in 2015, I came back for artist coaching during my film & video career as an experimental/documentary filmmaker and editor; and finally, last year, in helping me start up my own business, Atelier Stōbben, which had secretly been my dream to do for years.”
 

Having little to no experience in starting/managing a business, Paul had to learn from the ground up. He also had to deal with the self-doubt that comes along with making such a big career transition.
 
“I’m now making and designing handmade modern lighting and home objects out of wood, metal and concrete, inspired by my Low German Mennonite heritage and its ethos of self-sufficiency," Paul says. “The best thing to come out of my experience with YES was having that regular support of the job / artist / business coach who devotes time to helping you move forward through whatever challenges you're facing.”

With the help of YES’ business coaching services, Paul was able to show his lamps at local markets and salons like Toronto’s One of a Kind Show and Montréal’s SIDIM Design Show. “I’ve been getting orders, working with interior designers, and I’m now working on a new collection.”
 
Paul has some wise words for those who may be embarking on a new adventure. “A career shift can be scary, and it takes courage,” Paul says, “but if you have a good idea and work hard, it’s so rewarding! I honestly don’t think I would’ve come this far without the support of YES.”
 
HAVE A BUSINESS IDEA AND LOOKING TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL? 
 
 
As an entrepreneur you’ll be faced with making hundreds of small and big decisions every day that could have an impact on the success of your business. But don’t get stressed- you don’t have to do it alone! Click on the banner below to find out what the benefits of business coaching are, and then get in touch with us to make your first appointment.

   
 
 
DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • The YES Centre is open, free of charge, to everyone on a drop-in basis from Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm for use of the computers, phone, internet, Wi-Fi, fax machine and  resource library. 
  • We offer one-on-one support to: entrepreneurs (all ages), job-seekers (ages 16-35 years), artists (all ages), as well as a Mentorship Program.
  • Many of our workshops and services are offered online - for a complete listing of all our programs and workshops, click here to view our Winter Spring 2018 Program Book(Our Fall 2018 Program will be available August 2018).
  • We have an extensive Job Board on our website with full-time, part-time, seasonal, student and casual positions. You can apply for these postings by visiting the centre at 666 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 700, during normal business hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm).
For information and updates, visit our website at www.yesmontreal.ca
 
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