Am I eligible for Youth Live?
To be eligible to join Youth Live you must:
- be between 16 and 24 years old
- not be employed or attending school full-time
What are the program hours?
You will have paid, scheduled shifts five days a week Monday through Saturday.
Youth Live participants receive a training allowance based on an 35 hour work week, for up to 21 weeks.
What kind of experience will I gain?
In the Youth Live program, you will rotate through one of our operations. They are designed to allow youth to learn skills, become engaged citizens, and earn money, while providing necessary services to the community and environment.
You will gain:
- 500 hours of customer service
- 35 hours of cash management
- 20 hours of data collection
- 35 hours of warehouse management
- 14+ Co-op hours
What will I learn?
Throughout the program, you will have access to learning sessions (totalling about eight hours):
- Leadership training
- Life skill development
- Safety in the workplace
- Identifying your skills (and which ones need more development)
- Job search tools and techniques
- Writing resumes, including one-on-one time with staff to help create your own resume
- Writing cover letters
- Interview techniques
- Developing a portfolio (with a collection of items including recognition reports, job skills assessments, reference letter, resume, and skills inventory)
Other certifications received through Youth Live:
First Aid Training - you are eligible for Emergency First Aid + CPR (c) + AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training.
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) - you will learn about the safety processes for products which you may come into contact with at Youth Live, and the procedure for reporting incidents involving these materials. You will receive a WHMIS certification card upon completion of this learning session.
New to the program is Co-op opportunities for participants to gain employment experience in:
- PARKS (HORTICULTURE)
- RECREATION (Emera Oval, Adventure Earth Centre, etc…)
- ADMINISTRATIVE WORK
- AND MORE!
In the last month of the program Youth Live participants can partake in a coop placement for 1-2 days per week if they demonstrate:
- A positive attitude
- An excellent record of dependability
- Show an interest in the offered placements
What businesses will you be helping to operate?
The Youth Live program operates five business initiatives, all with an environmental focus.
Residential environmental depot
Residents bring their refundable beverage containers to the Enviro Depot at 947 Mitchell Street, Halifax. Youth Live participants sort and count the beverage containers and issue an appropriate refund to the customer. The containers are bagged for shipping to a recycling plant.
Residents can also bring their old electronics to the Youth Live Enviro Depot. Youth Live participants sort and ship the old electronics to be recycled.
Commercial Environmental Depot
At the Otter Lake Landfill, refundable beverage containers are separated from the garbage. Youth Live picks up and transports the separated containers to its St. Margaret's Bay Road Warehouse, where participants sort, count, and bag the containers for shipping to a recycling plant.
Commercial recycling pick-up service
The Youth Live program picks up recyclable paper, cardboard, and refundable beverage containers from businesses throughout the Halifax region and transports the paper product to a recycling plant.
Organic green cart service
Youth Live delivers, repairs and dismantles organic green carts to residents on behalf of Solid Waste Resources.