The Black Youth Action Plan will help youth access employment opportunities and career-building resources, say officials; information session planned
The Ontario government is investing an additional $14 million in the Black Youth Action Plan to help youth access employment opportunities and career-building resources.
The funding will be used to create a new economic empowerment program that will help community organizations and black-led businesses create local projects that provide youth with the skills they need to find jobs in high-growth areas.
Patrick Harriott-Stewart, owner of Roman Events and project manager for SEMBA, said, “The Black Youth Action Plan is an example of the type of commitment the Ontario government has made to allow Black youth and professionals to eliminate the systems that prevent them from succeeding. ” Award.
Harriet-Stewart said, “Non-profits such as SEMBA (Simco Excellence Multicultural Business Award) have taken an innovative approach to ensuring that these efforts are encouraging black youth to contribute to the economic development of their communities.” be recognized and appreciated.”
“It is wonderful that the Ontario government has created a resource for young black entrepreneurs, but it is imperative that they make these resources attainable to them,” said Shanika Edwards, founder of Shaq’s World Community Center in Barrie.
“Our government is ensuring that all Ontarians have access to the tools they need to build successful careers, including skill development and professional counseling,” said Param Gill, Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism. “It is imperative that we build an inclusive, forward-looking workforce where everyone has equal access to jobs and opportunities, which will help our province overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Economic Empowerment Program includes three new initiatives that enable community organizations and black-led employers and business leaders to create programs that help black youth and young professionals achieve social and economic success by creating jobs for them :
- The Career Launch Initiative will support locally developed programs that help black children and youth access professional networks and skills development in high opportunity areas
- Career Advances Initiative will connect Black youth and young professionals with opportunities for training and work placement in high-opportunity industries
- Sector-innovation networks support black business leaders in high-growth areas of the economy.
Community organizations and businesses can apply for funding under the Career Launch initiative starting February 23. Information is available online. Applications for the Career Advances Initiative and Sector Innovation Network will open on March 9 and March 23, respectively.
The Black Youth Action Plan works to address systemic, race-based inequalities by increasing social and economic opportunities for Black children, youth, and families across the province. By building a more inclusive workforce, the province continues to support workers on the road to economic recovery.
The Government of Ontario is investing $32 million in net new funding, now increasing our investment in the Enhanced Black Youth Action Plan to $60 million.
This new funding includes $28 million over two years to support new economic empowerment initiatives, strengthen black communities, and help black youth reach their full potential.
The three new initiatives enable community organizations and black-led employers and business leaders to create programs that help black youth and young professionals. It is imperative that we build an inclusive, future-oriented workforce, where everyone has equal access to jobs and opportunities, that will help our province overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
To register for a virtual community information session for each funding initiative, contact [email protected]
The information sessions will be conducted on the following dates:
- Career Launch – Week of February 28, 2022
- Career Advance – Week of 14 March 2022
- Sector Innovation Network – Week of March 28, 2022