YES February Newsletter 2019-02-07

Our February Newsletter is packed with information on what's happening at the center including our upcoming Business Skills for Creative Souls Artists' Conference, our annual Direct Mail Fundraising Campaign, our Chit Chat Language Exchange Program, a recap from our last Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: The Art of the Hustle, our Client of the Month and much more!

 

 
HOLD THE DATE : Our Business Skills for Creative Souls Artists Conference takes place Monday, March 25 at  the St. Jax. More information coming your way!  Early Bird tickets are now on sale >>>

YES needs YOU!  Show your support and make more successful futures possible>>>

Find out how Andréanne Bernier was able to find a job that matched her skills in ouClient of the Month feature>>>

Parlez vous francais? Is your French missing a certain je ne sais quoi? Our free Chit Chat French-English Language Exchange meetups begin soon. Find out more here>>>

Did you know that we provide translation services for your cover letters & résumés? 
Improve your chances of finding work in Quebec by taking advantage of our Cover Letter & Résumé English to French Translation Services. Find out more here>>>


YES is a proud partner of the Bell Let's Talk Campaign. Click here to access our new directory of English Mental Health Services & Resources in your local area>>>

Looking to build your website? It's more than just a flashy domain name or eye-popping graphics. Read more here>>>

Last month, we captured the Art of the Hustle at Google Montreal. Read more about the second event in our Entrepreneurship Speaker Series>>>

Looking for job search skills and strategies? Small business advice? Or to get ahead as an artist? 
Check out our Winter/Spring 2019 Program Book 
for up-to-date information on all of our programs, services, upcoming events and workshops>>>

 
 
JOB SEEKERS ENTREPRENEURS ARTISTS
Looking for work and want to increase your chance of success? 

Our career counsellors are here to give you the motivation, advice, and resources you need for today's job search. 

FIND OUT HOW WE CAN HELP!
Ready to launch or expand your current business?

Take advantage of our 20+ years of helping entrepreneurs like you develop and grow your business.  

LEARN MORE!

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

We offer individual and group coaching, workshops, networking activities, conferences, lunch-and-learns, and more services for artists.


GET STARTED NOW!

 
 
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.
Please help YES help others.  Please give today>>>
  
GET THE BUSINESS SKILLS FOR YOUR CREATIVE SOUL MARCH 25 AT THE ST. JAX
 
This not-to-be-missed event brings together emerging and established artists from all disciplines for a full day of inspiration, information and exchange. In addition to great networking opportunities, the day will be packed with talks and panel discussions with working artists and arts professionals who will share their experiences, best practices and insights on making it in Quebec’s cultural industries. Dare to think bigger and stay tuned for more speakers to be announced soon!
 
Early Bird tickets are now availableGet yours here>>>
 
 
MAKE AN IMPACT AND GIVE TO OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN 
 
Every day success stories are supported by our programs and services.  But for many, the path to success can be an obstacle course of anxiety, self-doubt and difficult choices.

At YES we help newcomers get a fresh start in the Quebec marketplace, we help job seekers find their way into good jobs or better jobs, we coach entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses and artists to earn a living from their art. We understand that success comes from being part of a team.

We strive daily to ensure that more success stories are made possible. Stories like that of Lama Hamad.
 
Lama Hamad had a very unique business idea. She wanted to build a search-engine and ordering platform to help people take control of their diets and find the right meals for their tastes, even if they are gluten-intolerant, kosher, or vegan.

Lama got her Bachelor of Commerce and Arts degree majoring in Media, Marketing and Sociology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She worked as an Account Executive for Ogilvy & Mathers, Johnson & Johnson and was Marketing Manager for Viceroy’s 5-star hotel in Abu Dhabi. 
 
In 2013, she moved to Montreal in order to start her company TasteBay.com and immediately began involving herself in the start-up community. She heard about YES from one of the kiosques at ‘Start-Up Week Montreal’, and met her first YES business coach soon after. She is still in regular contact with her to this day. 

Over the last year, with the help of YES, Lama has secured close to $100,000 in grants and successfully launched TasteBay.com, which is unique in the sense that it gives its customer base the opportunity to filter out unwanted foods, and instantly browse the most suitable meals nearby, with advanced filters for nutrition, allergens, flavors, textures, cuisine types and even ingredients.
 
Our campaign goal is to reach $40,000 by March 31st 2019. 

We are asking you to join us in this effort by making a gift to help at least one young person succeed.
 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. EVERY DONATION HAS A BIG IMPACT.

PLEASE GIVE TODAY.

 
 
 
 FIND OUT HOW ANDRÉANNE BERNIER FOUND A JOB THAT MATCHED HER SKILLS
 
Montreal-based Andréanne Bernier has a unique story. Upon graduating with a Masters in Political Science, Andréanne took the first decent paying job she found, leaving her skills and academic background behind. While on maternity leave, she found herself facing a new challenge: finding a job that put her skills and education to work. But that meant going back to square one, along with a baby in tow. 
 
"I wasn’t too sure where to start looking or even what type of job I was looking for," Andréanne says. “I mainly needed some support in the whole process in order to stay motivated.” 
 
"Before coming to YES, I was unsure about the best strategies to use to kick-start my job search and with a baby around, I couldn't afford to waste time sending hundreds of résumés to places I was never going to get hired, or I was not really interested in.”
Andréanne sought help not only to improve her résumé and cover letter but also to narrow down her job search to jobs she actually wanted and was qualified for. Our Job Search team met with her on a regular basis, suggested several tools and workshops that would not only help her in her search but also allow her to meet other job seekers in a similar position.

Thanks to her career counsellor and the Job Search team, she was called in for an interview from the first résumé she sent out, and after her second interview, she got a job offer! 
“I am now an Analyst with 'l'Office de consultation publique de Montréal'," Andréanne says. "It’s a great place for me to be since I get to use my skills in research and writing, on top of using my knowledge of municipal politics!"
 
“YES did not do the work for me but they helped and supported me through it, keeping me focused and motivated the whole time. That made all the difference in the world!”
 
BREAK OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND GAIN CONFIDENCE SPEAKING FRENCH
 


Job seekers, are you looking to improve your French conversation skills and gain exposure to local business culture and work environments? 

Join us for a variety of free meetups with both English and French speakers with our free Chit Chat Language Exchange Program. These meetups will help you to break out of your comfort zone and build your confidence speaking French.The next session starts February 20 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the YES centre, followed by other activities on February 27, March 6, 13 & 20.

For more information contact Ltomlinson@yesmontreal.ca  // 514-878-9788 ext 336 
 
 
 LET'S KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING - YES PARTNERS WITH BELL LET'S TALK
 
Whether you are a native English speaker or a new immigrant looking for services in English, you can access our new directory of Mental Health Services & Resources that provide services in English here>>
 
 
LOOKING TO BUILD A WEBSITE? FROM THE BASICS TO SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION
 
As a business owner or artist-entrepreneur, you want your website to be easily found by current and potential customers. However, before you worry about finding the right graphics or picking a catchy domain name, you have to figure out who your audience is and what you want your website to accomplish.

Read this article to get essentials tips on launching your website. 

The next step? If you want to get noticed online, attend SEO For Beginners on Tuesday February 26. Our guest speaker Tarek Riman will teach you how search engines operate, as well as the HOWs and WHYs of implementing SEO strategies from the ground up. Not to be missed!
 
YES' SOLD OUT ENTREPRENEURSHIP SPEAKER SERIES CAPTURED THE ART OF THE HUSTLE 
 
On January 24th, a panel of five highly successful and inspiring serial entrepreneurs – Thierry Lindor, Samantha Kris, Christhoper Magnone, Nogol Madani and Vincent Rabbat – spoke to a sold out crowd at Google Montreal as part of our new Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.  Even the frigid weather couldn’t keep away the 100+ attendees who showed up to get useful advice and insights on the Art of the Hustle.

Special thanks to Ion Valaskaksis for engaging the participants and to May Houri, who launched the evening with an account of her inspiring entrepreneurial journey. In case you missed it, you can view the Facebook live video of her opening remarks by clicking here.

YES continues to provide sought-after industry insights to help entrepreneurs get over the hurdles of launching and growing their businesses, so stay tuned for updates on our next speaker series taking place this Spring
.

 
   
 
YES IN THE NEWS: SPOTLIGHT ON YES' SUCCESS
 
Aki Tchitacov, executive director of YES, sat down with Global News senior anchor Jamie Orchard to talk about how we help young Montrealers find work and to share some of our success stories from the past year.

Watch the segment here.

Follow us on YouTube and check out our videos for job seekers, entrepreneurs and artists
 
VIEW OR DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY OF OUR WINTER/SPRING 2019 PROGRAM BOOK 
 
 
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 18-40 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 2019 Program Book.
  • 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 - Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm).
For information and updates, visit our website at www.yesmontreal.ca
 
 
OUR PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE SUPPORT OF: 

 

 
 
     
         
 
THE BARWICK FAMILY FOUNDATION      THE JOHN DOBSON FOUNDATION        THE HAY FOUNDATION
     THE PEACOCK FAMILY FOUNDATION     THE ROSSY FAMILY FOUNDATION    
THE TAUBEN FAMILY FOUNDATION   THE ZELLER FAMILY FOUNDATION   

THE ERIC T. WEBSTER FOUNDATION
THE GALLOP FAMILY FUND AT THE FOUNDATION OF GREATER MONTREAL   
 
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