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5th on 5th Youth Services, the well-known “go-to” place for resume help, job training, skill development and support for young people, could soon be gone if a temporary funding crisis is not averted.

Volunteers and staff from the 20-year-old agency — which conservative estimates suggest has helped more than 100,000 people since its founding in 1994 — approached Lethbridge City Council on Monday, July 21 for a funding request to bridge the gap between the end of some programs and the beginning of others.

The decision made by council was to advocate on our behalf to the government of Alberta.
We are looking for community support in the form of letters and donations. Click here for sample letters.

Currently 5th on 5th staff manage more than 15,000 visits each year. Approximately 8,000 people are enrolled in formal programs.

The per-person cost for 5th on 5th to be able to assist an individual is approximately $30 per year.

For more information, click here

5th on 5th Youth Services provides the following programs/services for youth (ages 15 to 30):
(Click on each title for more information)

Want us to email your resume to you?
Drop-In Service
Casual Labour
Career/Employment Mentoring
Work Experience
Reach-Up

Group-Based Employability Skills (GBES)
Express Literacy Plus

All of 5th on 5th’s programs & services are free of charge.

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How You Can Help

Edmonton needs to hear from Lethbridge as one voice.

  • Like, share, tweet, and retweet this post, using the hashtag #save5thon5th
    Facebook: 5th on 5th Youth Services
    Twitter: @5thon5th
  • Email your support to us at info@youth.ab.ca
  • Email your MLA at lethbridge.east@assembly.ab.ca or  lethbridge.west@assembly.ab.ca
  • Provide a donation by clicking the “donate now” button at www.youth.ab.ca
  • Drop off your bottles at 5th on 5th! Every dime counts:)
    (Hours: 8am – 430pm Monday to Thursday, and 8am – 330 pm on Friday)

See below for example letters/emails for community members, business owners, and clients.

1) Letter/Email Format:

_____________________ (your name)
_____________________ (your address)
_____________________ (your city)
_____________________ (your postal code)

______ (today’s date)

Gregory Weadick, MLA                           Bridget Pastoor, MLA
402 – 8 Street South                                2816 – 5 Avenue North
Lethbridge, AB T1J 2J7                            Lethbridge, AB T1H 0P1
lethbridge.west@assembly.ab.ca           lethbridge.east@assembly.ab.ca

Dear Ms. Pastoor and Mr. Weadick,

_________________________________________________
_________________________________________________
–> Insert Body of Letter
(suggestions below)
_____________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________

 

Sincerely,

____________________________ (your signature)

 

2a) Suggestions/Examples for Body of Letter: for a COMMUNITY MEMBER

  • As a member of this community and a supporter of 5th on 5th Youth Services / Lethbridge Youth Foundation, I am writing you today to express concern over the funding crisis facing the organization.
  •  The Government of Alberta Budget 2011 reflected changes to the Employment and Immigration Ministry’s budget by cutting the Youth Connections program. Since that time, youth employment has not received support from any Ministry despite their being identified as a vulnerable population. The only exception is the City of Calgary, where Provincial funds are distributed to a similar agency.
  • The Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers of this organization have worked tirelessly to continue offering this vital service without support for the last 4 years. The community (including businesses) contributes to this organization through donations, grants, and in-kind support. Hundreds of supporters see the value of investing in young people at this critical stage of their lives so they will become contributing members of society. However, the donations, grants, and reserve funds run out as of September 30, 2014.
  • I am asking the Government of Alberta to recognize that the cost of providing employment services to young people is far less expensive than paying for the consequences, such as income support, criminal justice system, or homelessness supports. Our community needs action from the Government of Alberta; the cost of inaction is too high.
  • I strongly believe that Lethbridge Youth Foundation / 5th on 5th Youth Services should have the financial support of the Government of Alberta. I therefore urge you to consider the best interests of our young people as well as the future of our economy.
  • Thank you for your involvement in our community.

 

2b) Suggestions/Examples for Body of Letter: for a BUSINESS OWNER

  • As a member of the business community and a supporter of 5th on 5th Youth Services / Lethbridge Youth Foundation. I am writing you today to express concern over the funding crisis facing the organization.
  • Our economy is reliant on putting the right people in the right positions. Companies in the Lethbridge area rely heavily on the services provided by 5th on 5th Youth Services to employers. At 2.4%, the percentage of jobs left unfilled is higher in Alberta than in any other province. 5th on 5th Youth Services equips youth so they are ready to fill these vacancies. Not only that, but businesses rely on an agency like this one to connect to this labour pool.
  • I urge the Government of Alberta to make a wise business decision to help our young people and our economy at the same time with this investment. The business community as a whole financially supports this valuable organization and we are asking the Province to do the same.
  • Without 5th on 5th Youth Services, businesses in Southern Alberta will struggle to find appropriate employees to fit their company needs.
  • I strongly believe that Lethbridge Youth Foundation / 5th on 5th Youth Services should have the financial support of the Government of Alberta. I therefore urge you to consider the best interests of our young people as well as the future of our economy.
  • Thank you for your involvement in our community.

 

2c) Suggestions/Examples for Body of Letter: for CLIENTS

  • I am a client of 5th on 5th Youth Services and I am concerned about the future of this organization.
  • Young people, such as myself, need a place designed for us to learn about how to navigate the workforce. There is nowhere else we can go to get one-on-one help that we need.
  • 5th on 5th Youth Services provides help with career planning, writing a resume, job searching skills life skills, and so much more. The staff is caring and approachable and work to help us gain confidence and hope that we can be successful.
  • Most youth come to 5th on 5th because one of their friends told them about their services. This is an organization that we choose to come to for help because what they do really works.
  • As a young Albertan I am asking that the Government of Alberta would give this organization funding again so they can keep helping our organization be successful.

 

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News/Events

 News/Events

Mind Motion Conference 2014 on October 30th, 2014
Check out our fall newsletter for some of the highlights of this last year:
Fall Newsletter 2013

September:
  • September 1: Closed for Labor Day Holiday
  • September 3, 10, 17, 24: Art Program – drop in 2 – 4pm
  • September drop in to get help with your resume any day!
  • September Casual Labour Starting September 15th, Orientations will be Mon – Fri at 9 am.

October:

  • October 1 and 2: Forward Life Impact Information Sessions – call to sign up
  • October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Art Program – drop in 2 – 4pm
  • October 4: Ride for Refuge
  • October 13: Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
  • October 30: Minds in Motion Conference
  • October 31: Happy Halloween!
  • October drop in to get help with your resume any day!
  • October Casual Labour Orientations are at 3pm Mon – Thurs and Friday at 2:30pm
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