ELEMENT FLEET MANAGEMENT YOUTH CAPITAL PROGRAM

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The Element Youth Capital Program provides supports to vulnerable young people in the Toronto area, supporting: high school completion, financial literacy, employment skills, internships & mentoring, and entrepreneurship.

The goal of the Element Youth Capital Program is to help vulnerable young people transitioning out of foster care to complete their educational goals, become financially empowered, and build skills and experience in employment preparation and entrepreneurship.

Delivered in partnership with selected community partners, the program consists of 5 components:

What is the Element Youth Capital Program?

The Element Youth Capital Program provides current and former Crown Wards with various education and employment supports that will assist you with achieving success in your career.

Element Youth Capital Program – 5 Components

High School Completion & Post-Secondary Support

To help you graduate high school and pursue post-secondary education and apprenticeships

Financial Literacy Online Training

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, in collaboration with the Prosper Canada Centre for Financial Literacy developed an online financial literacy training for youth transitioning out of the child welfare system so they are better able to successfully manage money and debts, and to begin building assets.

Course Structure

The course consists of 6 modules covering the following topics: Budgeting, Banking and Financial Services, Saving, Credit Basics, Debt, Debt Repayment & Creditors.

  • Learners will take a short quiz at the end of each module, and a summary quiz at the end of the course in order to encourage full participation
  • Participants will receive an electronic certificate of completion when they have finished the course
  • Participants will have 3 months from the time of registration to complete the course (extensions may be given on a case-by-case basis in exceptional circumstances)

Eligibility

  • Under the age of 30 (for youth 18 years of age and under, a referral will be required from a child protection worker)
  • A current or former Crown (permanent) Ward with a Canadian child welfare agency, or youth eligible for Continued Care and Support for Youth
  • Motivated to gain the skills, tools & knowledge to better manage your money

Pre-registration

  • To register for the training, youth must pre-register with Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada using our online application portal.
  • Once pre-registration has been completed, you will be contacted via email with steps on how to register and begin the online training
  • For more information please contact Nicole Gauthier at 416-923-0924 X 260 or ngauthier@cafdn.org

Pre-Employment Skills Training

Connects you with employment counsellors, vocational assessments, or existing programs and supports that prepare you for all aspects of employment and employability

Internships & Mentoring

Do you need a paid summer job?  Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is partnering with employers in a range of sectors in the Greater Toronto Area and will do our best to identify internship opportunities that will help you develop skills to achieve your career goals.

THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO:

  • Gain valuable work experience and earn money over the summer
  • Be paired with a mentor at your place of employment to provide guidance and support throughout the internship
  • If you are not successfully matched with an internship you’ll have access to pre-employment support

Entrepreneurial Skill Development

Youth interested in starting their own businesses will be connected to entrepreneurial training supports that will provide mentorship and skill development opportunities that will help launch their businesses.

Are You Eligible for the Element Youth Capital Program?

Eligibility varies depending on which of the 5 components you access which includes:

Core Eligibility Requirements:

  • Are you a current or former Crown Ward or eligible to receive Continued Care and Support for Youth funding?
  • Are you under 26 years of age?  Youth under 30 will be considered on a case by case basis
  • Are you motivated to: finish or attend school? Get a job? Or want to start your own business?

Additional Eligibility Requirements (when applying to scholarships & bursaries):

  • Are you able to demonstrate that the course or program you are enrolled in is directly relevant to and will assist you in pursuing a realistic career goal?
  • Are you able to demonstrate that no other funding sources are available for your program?

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, with support from Element Fleet Management, is embarking on an exciting new 3-year (2015-2018) program that will help youth who have been in the care of Canada’s child welfare system.

The objective of the Element Program is to help vulnerable young people transitioning out of foster care to complete their educational goals, become financially empowered, and build skills and experience in employment preparation and entrepreneurship. Delivered in partnership with selected grantee organizations, the program consists of five components:

5 PROGRAM COMPONENTS – SERVICES OFFERED:

High School Completion and Post-Secondary Enrollment Support: (SERVICES AVAILABLE:  Sept 2015 – Ongoing)

Offers campus visits for high school students, and training for foster parents and social workers to encourage more youth to complete high school and to enrol in post-secondary programs and apprenticeships

GOAL – To help more students graduate high school and pursue post-secondary education


Financial Literacy Training: (ONLINE TRAINING AVAILABLE: Now)

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, in collaboration with the Prosper Canada Centre for Financial Literacy developed an online financial literacy training for youth transitioning out of the child welfare system so they are better able to successfully manage money and debts, and to begin building assets. To download the program flyer click here.

Course Structure

The course consists of 6 modules covering the following topics: Budgeting, Banking and Financial Services, Saving, Credit Basics, Debt, Debt Repayment & Creditors.

  • Learners will take a short quiz at the end of each module, and a summary quiz at the end of the course in order to encourage full participation
  • Participants will receive an electronic certificate of completion when they have finished the course
  • Participants will have 3 months from the time of registration to complete the course (extensions may be given on a case-by-case basis in exceptional circumstances)

Eligibility

  • Under the age of 30 (for youth 18 years of age and under, a referral will be required from a child protection worker)
  • A current or former Crown (permanent) Ward with a Canadian child welfare agency, or youth eligible for Continued Care and Support for Youth
  • Motivated to gain the skills, tools & knowledge to better manage your money

Pre-registration

  • To register for the training, youth must pre-register with Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada using our online application portal.
  • Once pre-registration has been completed, you will be contacted via email with steps on how to register and begin the online training
  • For more information please contact Nicole Gauthier at 416-923-0924 X 260 or  ngauthier@cafdn.org

Pre-employment Skill Development: (SERVICES AVAILABLE:  Sept 2015 – Ongoing)

Connects youth with employment counsellors, vocational assessments, or existing programs and resources

GOAL – To prepare youth for all aspects of employment and employability


Internships & Mentoring:  (APPLICATIONS OPEN: January 2016 for Summer 2016 Internships)

Corporate partners of CAF and external employers are encouraged to offer internships at their offices

Volunteer mentors will be identified within the work place to support youth through this transitional period with mentors being offered special training to support student success

GOAL – To help students develop real-world skills, gaining valuable work experience and confidence


Entrepreneurial Skill Development: (SERVICES AVAILABLE:  January 2016)

Following the first year pilot, select youth showing great promise as future entrepreneurs will be invited to participate in entrepreneurial training programs at the local level that will provide mentorship, skill development, and ongoing micro-financing to help launch their businesses

GOAL – To encourage and support youth who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs

TO APPLY & FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Asifa Malik at 416-462-1010 X 26 or asmalik@torontocas.ca

Internships & Mentoring Program

Approximately  2300 young people leave the child welfare system every year in Canada with the majority of these youth no longer having access to much needed financial and emotional supports.  These youth do not have the family networks to help them get the foot in the door that can make all the difference in launching a successful career.

HOST AN INTERN AND BECOME A MENTOR – CHANGE A LIFE

The Internships and Mentoring component of the Element Youth Capital Program offers employers an opportunity to contribute to the success of Canada’s most vulnerable young people by offering youth leaving care the chance to gain valuable work experience learning from Canada’s leading professionals and entrepreneurs in a field aligned with their interests.

HOW IT WORKS

Thanks to the generosity of employers like you, youth are matched with paid summer internships in line with their career goals, and are paired with mentors at their places of employment to provide guidance and support throughout their internships.  Youth selected for this program will be high school or post-secondary students and graduates. To match the diversity of interests among our potential interns, we welcome employers representing a range of sectors.

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