As YES goes into its 25th year of service, our community needs us more than ever. Your support helps serve some of the people who are most vulnerable to the economic effects of COVID-19 – the unemployed, artists trying to make a living off of their art and small start-ups.
In order to respond to the surge in need, we have transferred our one-on-one core services online or over the phone and waived all fees for our workshops throughout April and May. We are also helping connect our clients to appropriate emergency response services and resources, including available government benefit programs and English-language mental health resources.
We understand that we are in a time of economic uncertainty, but if you have the means, please consider making a contribution toward extending free access to our services so that we may continue to be a source of hope, inspiration and connection for our community.
Your contribution helps us help more people, with more targeted programs.
In the past year:
• We served 4,043 clients and provided more than 17,000 services;
• Our job search program had an 87% success rate, and our internship program led to 100% of interns being hired permanently;
• We assisted 727 artists better understand business fundamentals to earn a living from their art; ;
• We helped start or grow 532 businesses through our entrepreneurship programs;
• 30 youth who had serious barriers to employment learned life and work skills through a new intensive 20-week employability program including a 12-week paid work experience.
These are some of the many initiatives that YES undertakes in the course of a year, thanks in no small part to the generous support of people like you.
YES strives daily to ensure that more success stories are made possible. Stories like those of Emma, Pascal, Jessica and many others...
“For someone who has been in one career for a decade, integrating into a design world I know less well can feel daunting and full of unknowns. My coach pushed me to take important risks and invest the needed time to get my work in front of potential clients. She’s also been a sounding board for ideas I had but have not been sure whether to pursue. She’s a little like my work therapist and a wonderful ally in navigating new terrain. I’m also learning to navigate the world of arts funding in Canada, which is very different than in the States, where I’ve spent most of my career.”
Successful YES Artist Client
"YES is not just a place that helps you find a job, but gives you tips and tricks on how to find the job of your dreams. … Meetings with my job search counsellor helped me sharpen my résumé and networking skills but most importantly, kept me focused and motivated!”
Pascal Van Wynendaele
Successful YES Job Search Client
“Having done mostly temp or contract work prior to this, working with YES was the first time I was truly engaged in the job search process. It was a lot of work as my biggest struggles were lack of confidence, needing professional direction, being in a new town, a new culture, and learning how to navigate through all of that. By really taking the time to examine the kind of work I gravitated toward in the past, I was able to get a clearer sense of the direction I wanted to continue moving in – something I really needed. I feel empowered, more confident in myself, and excited about the possibilities.”
Successful YES Job Search Client
Thanks to your generous support of our annual appeal, we can help make a difference to so many people – and contribute to the diversity and success of our economy.
Please help YES help others. Please give firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheques are made payable to Youth Employment Services. Receipts will be issued for gifts of $10 or more.
Here is how YOU can make a difference:• Help a young job seeker
• Help a new entrepreneur
• Help a woman in business
• Help a talented artist
YES Charitable Registration Number: 88872 9050 RR 0001