An abundance of funding is ensuring youth will continue to have a place in the community’s workforce.
On Friday, CAREERS: The Next Generation received financial support from the Canadian Red Cross, United Way, and the RBC.
On August 30, 2016, CAREERS launched their “Rebuilding Fort McMurray Creating Youth Futures” program aimed at making sure youth wouldn’t be forgotten as the community moved forward with the recovery.
Around $350,000 was raised by 22 campaign supporters and with the recent support, the total is now sitting at more than $1.5 million.
“When something significant happens to the economy or if we’re faced with a monumental task, in the race to mobilize resources it’s often easy to overlook the contributions youth can make to efforts to sustain the community,” said Eric Newell, board chair, CAREERS: The Next Generation, in a release.
With the added funding, youth will be able to continue their apprenticeship opportunities and help ease skill shortages in high demand areas.
The funding will also be used to help schools and plan events and activities for teens to learn more about home building, construction, municipal services, and other high demand jobs.
“Youth actively participating in the recovery of communities impacted by last May’s wildfire is important to the long-term resiliency of the Wood Buffalo region,” added Melanie Soler, Associate Vice President of the Red Cross Alberta Disaster Management Program, in a release.
This program will also expand the opportunities for Aboriginal Youth.
“This program meets a demonstrated need in the construction trades that our Aboriginal youth can help meet, and in the process, give them valuable skills and experience,” said John Evans, Co-Chair of the Community Partnerships Table, United Way, in the release.
During the summer, CAREERS, Fort McMurray school boards and RBC will host the first ever Digital Skills Academy. Kids will get a chance to learn more about career options in the digital world, an industry CAREERS notes as having “no greater opportunity for youth.”
For the time being, summer internships, camps, and activities have resumed in trades, health, and technologies.