The Greater Toronto YMCA has launched a program for youth across Canada to fuel their entrepreneurial spirit.
The Youth for Entrepreneurship (Y4E) program will engage young people in hands-on learning, awareness-raising and sharing opportunities and resources in entrepreneurship and digital literacy. Weekly business-related workshops will focus on five themes: fundamental knowledge and inspiration, entrepreneurial opportunities, digital literacy, financial know-how and marketing and social media.
The program is aimed at several thousand youth in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick from now through November 30. The Youth for Entrepreneurship program will also be offered in French in New Brunswick and Ontario.
“The Youth for Entrepreneurship program will provide young people across the country with resources and skills that they can apply to real-life experiences, fueling their ideas, dreams and potential,” said Medhat Mahdy, president and CEO of Greater’s YMCA. Toronto. “At Y, we are always looking for new ways to adapt and offer new programs, such as Youth for Entrepreneurship, to empower people with opportunities for growth, well-being and equality so that they can reach their full potential.”
Interested participants will receive a certificate of completion when they participate in at least three of the more than 60 workshops available. Participants are encouraged to continue taking workshop classes after completion to gain a good overview of entrepreneurship and digital literacy.
The program is made possible by a donation of $475,000 and a joint design provided by Desjardins Group. This contribution is part of the organization’s Together For Our Youth program, which will donate nearly $80 million by 2022 to support more than 3,000 youth-focused initiatives across the country.