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Youth Entrepreneurship Launchpad – overcoming barriers to employment through entrepreneurship

August 31, 2017

Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC) and the Prince’s Canadian Responsible Business Network (PCRBN) held its Youth Entrepreneurship Launchpad (YEL) recruitment event last Wednesday at Yonge Street Mission in Toronto.

YEL is a pilot project created by PCRBN that helps youth facing barriers to traditional employment learn more about entrepreneurship and starting a business.  The program is designed to encourage participation amongst youth who face multiple barriers to employment including police records, homelessness, trauma and racial and cultural stigma.

Entrepreneurship can provide an appealing alternative means of employment to this resilient and often resourceful group.  Participants will have the opportunity to use and enhance their leadership skills, build their confidence and learn about entrepreneurship through interactive and dynamic workshops designed to accommodate different learning styles and literacy levels.

Business leaders and entrepreneurs from various backgrounds will act as mentors, provide the opportunity for networking and help participants build on new or existing business ideas.

The program runs for six weeks starting September 18th, 2017.  The eight to ten youth participants (18-29 years old) will meet twice a week for two hour sessions.  They will receive an honorarium upon completion as well as public transit coupons to cover the cost of transportation.

Learn more about PCRBN’s work helping young people overcome barriers to employment.

Learn more about Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE) a PCC program that helps veterans become entrepreneurs.

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