Employment program for Saint Mary’s at-risk youth receives funding

Posted on March 3rd, 2017

A Saint Mary’s program designed to help at-risk youth develop better employability skills has received over $480,000 in funding from the Government of Canada.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support Saint Mary’s University’s project to provide employability skill training and work placements for at-risk youth in Nova Scotia. Our government is committed to addressing the broad range of labour market challenges facing youth, including at-risk youth and investing in Saint Mary’s University’s OPtions program is an excellent step in that direction. This project will help at-risk youth find meaningful work experience in their areas of interest, preparing them for future success,” said Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax.

The OPtions (Overcoming Poverty) Youth Program works with at-risk youth through employability skill training and work term placements. The program partners with local businesses to offer young Nova Scotians opportunities to develop their career skills through mentorship, entrepreneurship training, and on the job training.

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