Empowering youth who are not currently in school to build their skills and thrive in the workforce

JA South Western Ontario introduces a new pilot program – JA Job Shadow, offering youth, ages 16-20 who are not currently enrolled in school, a unique opportunity to engage in career exploration and planning activities to help them develop the skills and experience employers are seeking. Youth participants will emerge informed and empowered with an enhanced ability to thrive in the workforce.

Through the JA Job Shadow program, youth participants will be able to create their own career goals and develop vital skills. They will connect directly with employers and observe an active workplace so they can learn what is required for success.

We’re currently looking for Job Shadow participants, volunteer facilitators and workplace partners.

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Through participation in JA Job Shadow, youth will:

  • Acquire and apply the skills needed in demanding and ever-changing workplaces.
  • Recognize career clusters and potential job positions.
  • Develop job-hunting tools, such as networking, resumes, and interview skills.
  • Develop skills in career assessment and planning, elevator pitch, infographic profile, interests, job hunting, networking, professional and ethical behaviors, and work priorities.

I’m going to use this information I learned today to help me make my overall decision on what career option I want to pursue. I’m also using this information to improve on how I present myself to potential employers and others.

JA Youth Participant