Youth Employment Toolkit

Purpose of the Toolkit

This toolkit is designed for shelters, housing providers, youth-serving agencies and other organizations concerned about homeless and at-risk youth in Canada. It is outlines some ideas for providing a youth employment project for at-risk youth and is designed to create a model that is flexible and adaptable. The case studies and resource materials are based on the Train for Trades program at Choices for Youth in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Groups are encouraged to consider this model as a promising practice but to modify it where necessary to create their own program that meets the unique context of their community. Whether groups are interested in adapting one part or the entire model the toolkit provides support and resources to help develop the program, establish staffing roles, understand funding expectations and to create the policies, procedures and rules needed to get it up and running as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Please note: the information contained in the toolkit is accurate as of March 2015 but the programs are continually evolving to better meet the needs of the youth they serve.

For more information about the Toolkit please contact:

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub


For more information on Train for Trades or Choices for Youth please contact:


Phone: 709-754-0446

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness acknowledges with thanks the financial support of The Home Depot Canada Foundation. Thanks to the staff, partners and service users (past and present) of Choices for Youth and Train for Trades who assisted in the development of the toolkit by taking part in interviews, providing data and resources or reviewing information.


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