[alert type=”info” title=”Update”]Starting April 1st, 2017 this program will be changing its name to Empowering Youth Through Employment (EYE) to reflect its mission to serve all newcomers. If you are interested in applying for this program, please check out the updated program listing by clicking here.[/alert]

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What Is The Economic and Social Integration of Syrians and other Immigrant Youth project? (EASSY)

The EASSY program is made up of three components:

Group Based Employability Skills (GBES)
Provides essential skills to youth to help them find employment, evolve with their job, and adapt to workplace change. Students spend 30 hours/week, for 8 weeks in a classroom learning employment skills while meeting with representatives from private and corporate employers who provide various presentations related to employment, hiring procedures, workplace culture etc.

Students will be paid minimum wage from the project during GBES period and will start the Work Experience (WE) component after finishing GBES.

Work Experience (WE)
In partnership with various private, public and corporate industries, students in WE spend 30 hours per week for 12 weeks developing employability and occupational skills through practical on the job experience. Students will be placed in non-profit organizations, ethno-cultural organizations, private businesses and educational institutes.

Work experience provides many benefits — it gives students the skills and experience that will allow them stand out to potential employers, as well as helping them choose a business sector where they can grow and succeed.

Students will be paid minimum wage from the project during WE period.

Career Counselling & Mentorship Support

Clients will be provided with at least one hour of resource information and support service in areas related to financial literacy, academic options, employment standards — and more. After the GBES, clients will be provided with a mentor for a period of 6 months to receive additional guidance and the time, date and venue of these guidance meeting will be decided by the mentor and mentees and communicated with CIES.


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Am I Eligible?

Eligible clients must be:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Must be a refugee living in Calgary of Syrian nationality

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When Is EASSY Available?

  • 2016 Dates for EASSY have finished. Check back soon for more information on this program in 2017.

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Where Is This Service?

  • This program is offered at the Welcome Centre for New Immigrants, located at 3820 – 32nd Street Northeast, Calgary, AB, T1Y 7L9.

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