Bootstraps refers to the absurdly impossible action of “pulling oneself over a fence by one’s bootstraps”.
In today’s complex economy, most young people get their first few jobs through connections. These connections consist of relatives, teachers, coaches, friends and parents of friends.
Young people from foster care can come from families and social networks which are unable to provide these essential connections that allow for labour force integration.
Through the engagement of supportive employers, skills development partners, and wage subsidy opportunities, youth are provided individualized employment supports, job placements and mentorship prospects. These supports direct youth to journey forward towards sustainable employment.
In collaboration with Aunt Leah’s youth services, such as SEFFY (Supporting Education for Foster Youth), The Link, Support Link & Dan’s Legacy, Bootstraps aims to remove barriers to employment. In addition, we enable youth in and from care every opportunity to explore, and advance their skills to find meaningful sustainable employment.
Bootstraps takes a holistic approach to addressing barriers to employment youth may face, while also coaching in critical employability skills.
Participants will devise Individual Employment Plans with an employment specialist. While each will have distinct needs, each participant will have the opportunity to receive employment assistance services, skills training, financial supports, and employment experience.
Youth with employment barriers will receive the following on a needs basis:
A youth formerly in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
There are several options for employment support, if you’re unsure of which stream best suits you, you can fill out the form below or contact the Bootstraps Coordinator Brenda Richmond directly at firstname.lastname@example.org P: 604-525-1204 Ext. 250 / C: 778-228-9143 Contact the Bootstraps Coordinator
For more information on how your organization can get involved, please contact the Bootstraps Coordinator Brenda Richmond directly at email@example.com or P: 604-525-1204 Ext. 250 / C: 778-228-9143
This program is generously supported by Bootstraps Funders