Investing in Youth Campaign

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An Opportunity to Support Youth in Southern Alberta!

The Lethbridge Youth Foundation and 5th on 5th Youth Services have been in the forefront of people’s minds a lot in the past couple of years as they have advocated to the Provincial Government for stable youth employment funding.

“The 2017 Campaign theme, ‘Kick Start Your Career’, reflects the programming that is available at 5th on 5th Youth Services to support youth in their fulfilling their career goals,” said Executive Director Trevor Brown. “This year’s campaign goal is $30,000, which we will use to match other funding opportunities we have identified.”

“The organization is now on a solid foundation and we are continuing to pursue new opportunities to enhance programming and services for the youth of Lethbridge and area,” Brown said. “We recently have launched our new Career Focus program which will support 12 youth currently in or graduated from post-secondary school, connect with a 4-6 month work experience with an employer in their related field.”

As well, Brown said services that are continuing are making a big impact on the community. “This year our Forward Life Impact program will serve approximately 50 young adults to enhance their employability. The Reach Up program is assisting 40 individuals with disabilities focus on their strengths and how they can contribute to the local workforce.  The Work Experience program places approximately 50 youth per year in positions that help them begin their careers.  We continue to partner with great businesses in the community for all these job placements.”

“We are also extremely proud of our partnership program ‘SPARC’ funded in part by Community Foundations of Canada and the ALCOA Foundation,” Brown said. “In partnership with Career Transitions, this year we will support up to 25 high school students at risk of dropping out — and 100 teens or young adults who are not in school — develop a career path and/or get their education back on track.”

A special thank you to the 2017 Investing In Youth Committee:

  • Ron Angyal
  • Denise Clarke
  • Jeff Meadows
  • Erin Lyster
  • Danielle Mueller
  • Trevor Brown