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Service Canada

April 13, 2007 10:35 ET

Canada's New Government Invests $226,847 to Help Edmonton Youth

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - April 13, 2007) - Rahim Jaffer, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Strathcona, on behalf of the Honorable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced $226,847 in Skills Link funding for the Youth Emergency Shelter Society (YESS). The funding will be used to help youth facing barriers to employment make a successful transition into the workforce.

"Canada's New Government is proud to support the efforts of Edmonton's Youth Emergency Shelter Society," said Mr. Jaffer. "YESS delivers crucial services to youth in crisis, offering them the tools they need to learn to help themselves and become independent, contributing members of society."

The Youth Emergency Shelter Society program, Strategies to Achieve Results or STAR, will help young people between the ages of 15 and 18 develop the personal and career skills they need to find and keep a job. Participants will attend a series of workshops that teach life skills, relationship building, work preparation and job search skills. They will also gain work experience through a
12-week work placement.

Service Canada is funding this project through the Skills Link program, one of three programs offered under the Youth Employment Strategy. The other two are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus. Canada's New Government is committed to improving opportunities for youth. By working with employers and community organizations, it is ensuring that youth have opportunities to develop their skills and gain the job experience required to contribute to a strong and productive workforce.

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