Empowering Youth through Employment (EYE)

What Is Empowering Youth through Employment (EYE)?

Formerly known as Economic and Social Integration of Syrians and Other Immigrant Youth (EASSY) the EYE program was expanded in Spring 2017 in order to assist all newcomers, refugees, and Canadian citizens. It 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 12 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

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 support from the program staff to receive additional guidance.

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Am I Eligible?

Eligible clients must be:

  • Between 15 years and 30 years of age
  • Not receiving Employment Insurance (EI)
  • Refugee, Permanent Resident, or a low-income Canadian Citizen
  • Actively looking for employment
  • Committed to completing a 3 Group Based Employability Skills and 3 months Work Experience curriculum

When Is EYE Available?

  • Class Intake Periods (Class Duration: 3 Months)
    • April – June
    • July – September
    • October – December
    • January – March
  • Up to 360 Hours of training over 3 Months
  • GBE (Full-Time) Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 3:30pm
  • WE (Schedule is mutually agreed time that is determined between EYE Student and employer) 30 Hours
  • New Classes start every 3 months
  • Ongoing Intake

Where Is This Service?

  • This program is offered at:
  • The Welcome Centre for New Immigrants. 3820 – 32nd Street Northeast, Calgary, AB. T1Y 7L9.
    • For more information, call 403-291-0002.