Mission, Vision and History


As a not-for-profit organization, our mission is to enrich the community by providing English-language support services to help Quebecers find employment and start and grow businesses.

Our passion is to help people in our community reach their potential. At our core, we are focused on helping our clients develop a personal career or business strategy and giving them the skills and confidence to execute. 

Youth Employment Services (YES) was founded in 1995 as a result of a provincial task force concerned with the outflow of young English-speakers who were leaving Quebec in search of other opportunities. At first, YES was mandated to assist English-speaking people between the ages of 16-35 find EMPLOYMENT in Quebec.
YES added ENTREPRENEURSHIP ASSISTANCE for people of ALL AGES to its mandate – debuting its services with the Montreal Entrepreneur’s Guidebook.

YES added SERVICES FOR ARTISTS OF ALL AGES and backgrounds seeking English-language employment and entrepreneurship assistance in their field – the program now includes career and entrepreneurship counselling tailored to artists, day and evening workshops and an annual conference.


YES developed a comprehensive MENTORSHIP PROGRAM to complement our artists, entrepreneurship and job search programs.
YES published the 3rd edition of The Montreal Entrepreneur's Guidebook, an invaluable tool for new and established entrepreneurs to start or expand their business in Montreal. 
YES published Business Skills for Creative Souls: The Montréal Artist’s Handbook, a must-have resource for self-employed artists in Montreal based on interviews with local industry professionals.
YES celebrated its 10th Anniversary.
YES developed a major strategic plan to help guide vision for the next three years.
The new strategic plan was implemented with emphasis on fundraising and growth. A fundraising audit was done, and several INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS were managed. YES worked with Jack Jedwab to develop a report on employment and entrepreneurial issues faced by minorities titled “Self-Employment and Employment in Quebec’s English-speaking Cultural Communities and Visible Minorities:  Prospects and Problems”.
YES moved to new and larger premises at 666 Sherbrooke Street West and held its first fundraising event “Tune In To YES”.
YES successfully mobilized to fight potential funding cuts. YES produced website videos for Job Seekers, Artists and Entrepreneuers and created the Making Your Way Handbook.
YES continues to grow in numbers and funding. Inaugural Art Expo takes place with close to 1,000 people attending.
YES instituted off-site business coaching. YES began reaching out to other regions in Quebec through Destination Montreal; a project to support youth between the ages of 16-35 who have moved to Montreal from the regions. YES began addressing issues of mental health as it relates to the organization's mission.
YES started a Strategic Planning Process. YES invested in Smartboard technology to improve the delivery of online workshops and coaching sessions. The YES regional development initiative was launched with support from CED.
YES launched a first-of-its-kind series of FOCUS GROUPS designed to improve employment outcomes and help new arrivals overcome the challenges they face when seeking employment in Quebec. YES introduced the WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY (WIT) Program – a three-year initiative to increase the number of women working and succeeding in Quebec’s technology industry. YES also issued two Research Reports – a Gender-Based Analysis of Women in Technology and a report on Mental Health Issues faced by Job Seekers. 
YES hosted two new events – Creative Connections and Network Now - to provide meaningful networking opportunities for Quebec's Artistic and Tech Communities. YES launched a series of six motivational videos profiling successful English-speaking professionals in Quebec, and began making monthly appearances on Global Morning News.
YES published the 2nd edition of Business Skills for Creative Souls: The Essential Artist’s Handbook. YES hosted a 2-day Art Expo showcasing emerging artists from Montreal, Gaspé, Rouyn-Noranda, Lower North Shore, Quebec City and other regions of Quebec.  

YES celebrated it's 20th anniversary with an open house. YES introduced several projects, namely the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics) Mentorship program for women and Community Talks Video Project, which brought together unemployed youth, government, educational institutions and media. YES launched the Human Library project, a mentorship-based initiative.

YES continued enhancing its STEM Mentorship Program and introduced two new web tools: JobPrepper, an interactive job search tool as well as an instructional video series, 
Quick Tips to Guide Your Job Search. YES released Voices of the Human Library, a series of videos based on the Human Library project as well as Silver Linings, a series of inspirational videos.YES also released reports on barriers to entrepreneurship for new arrivals and regional job search services.

In 2017, we assisted 4,048 individuals, and received 15,802 visits to our centre.
Throughout the year, we provide individual career counselling, business coaching, day and evening workshops, mentoring, conferences, and networking opportunities. In addition to having a stellar in-house staff, we rely on our network of partners from the business, non-profit, media, academic and corporate communities to deliver services, act as mentors, and provide strategic direction.

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