Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth Announces Government of Canada Funding Agreement

The Government of Canada commits $1 million of funding to Focus Forward for Indigenous Youths’ Enhancing Capacity of Indigenous Youth program.

Toronto, ON. (September 2020) – Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth is pleased to announce its Enhancing Capacity for Indigenous Youth program has been funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Skills Strategy program. This multi-year funding commitment is intended to help address education and employment barriers facing Indigenous youth.

About the Enhancing Capacity for Indigenous Youth program

This commitment will allow Focus Forward to collaborate with community partners to provide Indigenous youth from across Canada with paid work experiences, training and certifications, apprenticeship hours, and the skills and knowledge to participate in current and future labour markets. Each project will be identified by the local community but may include things such as tiny homes, greenhouses, and community spaces. Each community project will see Indigenous youth working directly with trades-professionals to construct the community space.

Youth will also partake in employment workshops focused on skill identification, resume and cover letter writing, job interview preparation, financial literacy, and post-secondary education opportunities related to their career interests. Employment-sessions and workshops will involve various community partners such as Elders and Knowledge Keepers, local employers and economic development officers, industry experts, and/or youth role models to share knowledge about local, regional, and national employment and education opportunities and help youth build their skills and networks.

About Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth

Focus Forward is a registered Canadian charity that collaborates with Indigenous communities across Canada to provide Indigenous youth with experiential learning opportunities to cultivate career and life skills through self-determined community projects and trades-based educational programming.

For further information, please contact:

Evan Veryard, Chairman


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