Youth Live Program expanding into food service
The Youth Live Program is a work experience program that offers up to 24 weeks of workplace mentoring and development for youth aged 16 to 24 who are not in school and facing employment barriers.
The Program’s business operations currently include on-the-job training at the Youth Live Enviro Depot and the Youth Live Warehouse, where service operations include bottle recycling services, paper recycling services, and green cart delivery and repair services. Mentoring includes guidance and coaching from staff, as well as skill-building modules, which are designed to prepare the participants for future employment. Depending on existing opportunities within the municipality and the participant’s progress within the program, a co-op placement may be offered within internal business units.
A 2019 program review found that inadequate opportunities existed in employment fields of interest to the youth, such as food services, administration, and retail.
In response, the Program will change its operations from the Enviro Depot bottle exchange to operating a small-scale food service at the Sackville Sports Stadium. Program staff and participants would operate the service Monday to Friday, during daytime hours, while the evening and weekend hours will be staffed by casual employees.
The updated Program will be running by May 2022, which will allow for the close out of operations at the Enviro Depot and set up of food service and participant training. Program participants will receive Food Safety certification and increased customer service training, assisting them in obtaining future employment and potentially transitioning into casual staff at the facility.
For more information, read the staff report.
*Note: This motion will be final when the meeting minutes are approved by Regional Council.