“What’s Your Path” This new project will assist youth in better understanding their skills & strengths, connect them to opportunities which will allow them to explore career paths (volunteering, co-op, internships, experiential learning), provide resources/information on all post-secondary pathways as well as up-to-date information on the job market and the economy to help them make informed decisions. Through mentors and partnerships, we will help youth navigate the choices and help them to better understand themselves and their potential, while building developmental assets and relationships.
Working with partners, we will host workshops and guest speakers to provide guidance on choosing a career, resume building, and building skills such as communication, organization, resilience, problem solving, etc. Regularly updated information will provide youth with a practical understanding of the economy. This innovative approach will allow us to support youth from an early age, as they transition into high school, to after graduation and into their career. Working with youth to shape this project will ensure we are responding to emerging issues that create barriers for youth including marginalized and newcomers, so they have the tools and support they need to succeed.
According to recent focus groups we conducted with our high school students, they attribute high levels of anxiety to the uncertainty of their future. They feel pressured to attend university/college before knowing what it is they want to take. The Globe & Mail reported that up to 20% of students quit university and 25% quit college, while 20 to 50% drop out of the program they had initially chosen. In a recent Ontario Student Trustee Association survey, less than 30% of students felt that their school provided them with up-to-date information about career pathways and job opportunities.
In a 2015 survey of grade 7 – 12 students in East Flamborough that determined the levels of Developmental Assets*:
- 32% know how to plan ahead & make decisions
- 26% perceive adults in the community value them
- 38% are given useful roles in the community
- 37% believe parent(s) & other adults model positive, responsible behavior
- 53% of grade 11 and 56% of grade 12 are optimistic about their future