Case Study: Integrating Essential Skills for Success – Youth Live (2011)

Youth Live was launched by the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) in Nova Scotia as a job and life skills development program for young people at risk, aged 16 to 30, offering them the opportunity to earn money and gain hands-on experience working in various business initiatives that protect the environment and provide services to the community.

While each participant’s circumstances are unique, they often face similar barriers to employment, including low education, lack of work experience, learning disabilities, mental health issues, difficult family situations, or past conflict with the law.

Youth Live has 18 program participants at a time. An initial telephone interview is conducted with each applicant to make sure they understand that this is not a traditional job, but rather, a skills development program where they will receive daily coaching, guidance, support, and feedback from staff, and will work on their essential skills.

Participants work in the five business initiatives that the program operates, including recycling initiatives and cleaning services for properties that are in violation of municipal bylaws. Youth Live charges fees for these services, offsetting about half of the program’s operating costs. The HRM also contributes to the program.

In program exit interviews, participants indicated increased self-confidence, improved social skills, and increased awareness and understanding of how to behave in the workplace. Many participants go on to further employment or education. In 2011, the three-month post-program follow-up with Youth Live participants showed that 24 of the 33 participants contacted either were in school or were employed.

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978-1-100-21323-1
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2013-09-19
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Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). Case Study: Integrating Essential Skills for Success – Youth Live 2011. Web. 25 Nov. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/hrsdc/information_tools/cs_youth_live/cs_youth_live.pdf>
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) (2011). Case Study: Integrating Essential Skills for Success – Youth Live. Retrieved November 25, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/hrsdc/information_tools/cs_youth_live/cs_youth_live.pdf
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