YCW Program Information for Canadian Students and Recent Graduates
Please note that Young Canada Works (YCW) for Aboriginal Urban Youth is moving from the Department of Canadian Heritage website to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) website. During this time YCW for Aboriginal Urban Youth will continue its regular programming, and updates regarding the program will be found at http://nafc.ca/en/content/young-canada-works.
If you have any questions, concerns, or require any assistance, please contact the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC). The NAFC YCW Program Officer, Gabrielle Fayant, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-563-4844 extension 320, or the NAFC Program Manager, Brian Jackson can be reached at email@example.com or 1-877-563-4844 extension 326.
Thank you for your cooperation during this transition.
An Employer's Success Story…
"I've always had difficulty with English. I saw many other students better than me, which led me to believe I was perhaps good enough to work in an English environment. I always wanted to do something in immersion, knowing that it was a good way to learn this useful language [English]. However, I lacked courage and organization, which Young Canada Works provided to me. I could get a job to reassure me of my abilities, and a project to motivate me. Once hired, I discovered my place - I mounted an online network [for the public] to better understand my workplace, I made commercials to promote our activities via several forms of media: radio, newspapers, internet, etc., I also organized volunteers, provided training and prepared their schedules. My colleague and I are currently in the process of organizing the first edition of a festival. It wasn’t easy every day, but I know now that I'm strong enough to go through many challenges, and that I'd ultimately be successful. Now I know I can do a lot of good things in English or French! Through Young Canada Works, I discovered more within myself, and I believe in me. [YCW] offered me the chance to push and develop myself! Thank you Young Canada Works for giving me my chance."
– Wilheme Castonguay-Lachance, Assistant Manager and Naturalist, Friends of West Kootenay Parks Society