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Opportunity for All Youth​​​​​​​​     Info Events    ​​​​​​​​ Project Protégé​​​​​​​​   Scholarships ​​​​​​​​     Workshops    ​​​​​​​​ External Events​​​​​​​​

Opportunity for All Youth

Opportunity For All Youth is a national initiative originated with the MaRS Solutions Lab in Toronto to address youth unemployment. Over the next five years, the aim is to provide employment opportunities for 40,000 youth who face barriers to entering the workforce. This goal will be achieved through partnerships between employers, employment agencies, governments and foundations. It focuses on the hiring, retention and career progression of youth who are job-ready but have challenges to employment.

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre (YEC) is a key partner in this initiative. Calgary will be the second city in Canada to launch Opportunity For All Youth. YEC will contribute to the national goal of hiring 40,000 Opportunity Youth by supporting and preparing local youth who are experiencing difficulty entering the workforce.

YEC will also collaborate with employer partners to establish youth friendly hiring practices, strategies to increase retention, sensitivity training and career progression plans for the participants.

Youth ages 16-24 are encouraged to connect to this opportunity right now, by dropping in to the Youth Employment Centre (2nd floor, 315 10th Ave SE).

Download the Opportunity For All Youth Poster​.

Project Protégé

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.


  • Must be enrolled in Social Work, Human Services, or Health and Physical Education at Mount Royal University or University of Calgary.
  • Must be available to participate in monthly meetings with Employment Counsellor and City of Calgary mentor (2 meetings per month).
  • Must be available to participate in mandatory training session on Saturday, October 20th, 2018.

How to Apply:

Watch the Project Protégé Mentorship Program video for more insight on the benefits of the program. Contact for more information.

Info Events at YEC

There are no Info Events currently scheduled.

YEC Scholarships

In partnership with HMS Host, McDonald's Canada, Mr. Lube, and Shakers Fun Centre, The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre (YEC) will be awarding four $1,000 scholarships to YEC clients this fall.


  • Must have registered of re-registered in 2018 to access services at YEC.
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited training, upgrading, apprenticeship or post-secondary program for a minimum of one semester and starting or continuing studies in January 2019.
  • Must not be related to an employee or be employed at YEC.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to create a targeted resume. (Please see How to Apply below)

How to Apply:

  1. Create a targeted resume for one of the following job posting examples. (You will have to attach the resume to your application form).
    *The goal is to ensure that you have practiced creating a resume with a YEC employment counsellor and can demonstrate that you know how to write a targeted resume.
  2. Complete the online application form here.
  3. *You may meet with your employment counsellor for support on your application. Please provide as many details as possible in your application.
  4. Recipients will be notified in October.

Special thanks to the following companies for sponsoring a $1000 YEC Scholarship:

Employment Workshops

3-in-1 Workshop - Resumes, Job Searching & Interview Preparation

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre is hosting in-house workshops for youth ages 16-24. Workshops take place at 2nd floor, 315 10th Ave S.E.

Attend this workshop to learn:

  • Resume and Cover Letters
  • Job Searching
  • Networking
  • ATS Software
  • Interview Preparation
  • What to Wear
  • Researching
  • Interview Questions
  • The Dos and Don'ts
  • What to Bring
  • Questions to Ask

The workshop schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 25th 1:30 - 3 p.m.

External Events

Occasionally we list other job or education/training opportunities offered through partnerships we have with other organizations. Click here to check for External Events

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