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Partnership Opportunities

Starbucks Opportunity Youth Initiative

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre (YEC) is partnering with Starbucks to take action and provide employment opportunities for Calgary youth. Starbucks will dedicate in excess of 100 jobs towards the Opportunity Youth initiative in Calgary each year.

Youth ages 16-29 who are not working, in education or training and who face barriers to employment are eligible for this initiative.

Learn more about this initiative and how you can apply.

Jump $tart

Jump $tart is a free program for youth ages 15-17 interested in developing their employment skills. The goal of Jump $tart is to increase self-awareness, improve employment readiness, and build confidence for job search and the workplace. The program offers workshops and guest speakers. Youth learn job search and employment skills. Check out our video for insight into the program.

For more information on the program, contact 403-268-2490 or

Score a $1000 Scholarship!

The Youth Employment Centre offers scholarships every year. To be eligible, you must be working on or have completed career planning or job search activities with an Employment Counsellor at the Youth Employment Centre.

Be prepared, start your career plan now, so you will be ready to apply when the upcoming scholarships are offered.

Discovering Your Opportunities

Discovering Your Opportunities is a paid 4 week career and life planning program for young mothers aged 15-19. The program takes place in July and along with life skills modules, participants learn job search skills and complete a work experience based on their interests. High school credits can be obtained during this program. Discovering Your Opportunities is supported through a partnership between the Youth Employment Centre, Calgary Board of Education Louise Dean Centre, Catholic Family Services and local employers. For more information contact Christina David at 403-268-5747 or

Be a Voice for Youth

Launched in 2001, the Youth Employment Centre's Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) provides a fun and exciting opportunity for Calgary's youth to develop communication, consultation, leadership, and teamwork skills. YAC members work collaboratively with the Centre to ensure that programs and services are youth friendly. Members advise YEC on a variety of career and employment related topics, such as hiring fairs, community workshops, marketing materials, website development, and much more.

Project Protégé

Project Protégé is a professional development mentorship program for post-secondary students under age 25 enrolled in Social Work, Human Services, or Health and Physical Education at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary.

Students involved in the project are connected with a mentor working in Calgary Neighbourhoods with The City of Calgary. The project runs during the post-secondary school year from (October-April) and students have to apply to the program. Contact for more information.


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