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Workshops at YEC

YEC is offering monthly in-house workshops (2nd floor, 315 10th Ave S.E.) for youth ages 15-24. The following is our May workshop schedule:

Resume & Cover Letter Building Workshop
May 8, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Job Search Strategies Workshop
May 10, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Interview Preparation Workshop
May 31, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

For more information on YEC workshops, please click here or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Young Mothers Discovering Their Opportunities

Discovering Your Opportunitiess is a four week summer employment and life skills program for pregnant or parenting women ages 15-19. The program runs from July 3-28 this year. Discovering Your Opportunities is a great opportunity for young women to achieve high school credits, earn some money, and gain valuable work experience.

Classroom topics include career planning, employer expectations, workplace safety, job search strategies, and some fun activities. With a focus on the work experience placement, participants are matched with a business and will work at that business part-time for the duration of the program. This gives many of the moms their first introduction to the working world, and they benefit through gaining experience and a reference that they can use in the future.

Discovering Your Opportunities is supported through a partnership between The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre, Calgary Board of Education Louise Dean School, Catholic Family Service and local employers. The Youth Employment Centre is currently looking for employers to host a student in July. The students are paid by the program and we are looking for employers located downtown or close to West Hillhurst and Kensington. For more information or to register for the program contact Leita Blasetti at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (403) 268-3784.


Career Café - Careers in the Film and Creative Industry

Yes, you can make a living as an artist in Calgary!

Come to the Central Branch of The Calgary Public Library, Friday, May 5 from noon to 1 p.m. to learn about careers in the Film and Creative Industry. Find out about working behind the scenes in the film industry, arts administration and performing arts. Learn about career paths and how to establish yourself as an artist in the city.

Career Café is presented by The Career Development Association of Alberta, The Calgary Public Library and The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre. Career Cafés will take place at the Central branch of The Library, (1st floor, 616 MacLeod Trail S.E.) and will cover a variety of career development topics and labour market information throughout the year.

For more information about Career Café contact Leita Blasetti at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (403) 268-3784.


Connections to the Workplace

Are you finished post secondary and ready to embark on your career? Considering a paid internship? Come to The Youth Employment Centre to find out about Connections to the Workplace, a twelve week work experience program in your chosen industry.

Drop in to YEC to learn more about the program and meet with the coordinator Wednesday, May 3 from 1-3 p.m. Our address is 2nd floor, 315-10th Avenue S.E. For more information contact Leita Blasetti at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (403) 268-3784.


Client Success Story

Kalista is a 23 year old client currently participating in the Youth Employment Centre's mentorship program Project Protégé. She is a student in her first year of the Master of Social Work Program. Kalista has a Bachelor of Science degree in Archaeology. It was during this first degree that she realized that working with people was her passion and started to look for a way to bridge her existing degree and knowledge. Kalista joined Project Protégé in hopes of increasing her contacts and expanding her network within social work, as she had limited knowledge within this field. She was hoping that working with a mentor would provide her insight into areas of the field she had not previously considered.

Kalista is living with roommates in Calgary as her family is not from the city. She is employed part time in a human services organization where she is gaining valuable relevant experience. Additionally, Kalista brought community development experience within the human services field gained through two summer work terms as a Youth Mentor in the Fishing Lake Métis Settlement.

The initial work Project Protégé completed with the client focused mainly on exposure and defining potential career paths after graduation. Kalista's mentor was able to provide much of this direction and support. The Protégé counsellor(s) provided support as a sounding board throughout the practicum placement process. Discussions on how to strategically skill build and gain experience within community social work were an ongoing dialogue as Kalista identified this area as a viable option for her career path.

The latter part of Project Protégé was focused on moving Kalista forward in her identified career goals. The client and her counsellor(s) discussed summer work opportunities and utilized her network and informational interviews to gain further knowledge. She attended the career boot camp in January covering résumés and job search. Work was completed on a thorough job search and the City of Calgary Summer Student positions were targeted as valuable opportunities to gain related career experience. Kalista and her counsellor(s) were able to build a strong application package which included an effective résumé and cover letter. The Protégé team supported the client in mock interview preparation and interview coaching. Kalista was invited for 3 City of Calgary Summer Student interviews and was offered 2 positions. Kalista accepted the Neighbourhood Resources Connector position as a Community Social Worker.

Kalista's success stemmed from her engagement with her mentor, her counsellor(s) and the greater social work community. She was motivated and thorough in her learning and was always open to gaining the skills required to be successful. Overall, this client will continue to find success as she has the tools and knowledge to build her career.

- YEC Employment Counsellor


Employer Spotlight - Backstage Support Services

The Youth Employment Centre is excited to partner with Backstage Support Services for our May Employer Spotlight. Backstage Support Services has been providing special event security and services for almost 14 years. Events include rodeos, festivals, concerts and sports events.

The company's head office is located in Calgary and a satellite office is located in Edmonton. They do casual, year-round work with the summer season being the busiest time of the year. They employ over 200 people in Calgary alone. As an incentive, they offer staff discounts, incentive programs, scholarships and the opportunity to experience the biggest and best events, while earning a paycheque.

Interested applicants can apply through Backstage Support Services' website at http://backstagesupport.com. They are looking for people 18 years or older, personable, reliable and consistent with strong customer service background. Shifts usually run evenings and weekends, starting between 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and ending at 11:30 p.m. This casual position allows employees to select when they want to work. There is no expectation for regular or consistent work which makes it an ideal job for students. Wages start at $16 per hour for entry level positions. There is a small cost for uniform and some costs associated with required equipment like small flashlight, notepad, shoes, etc.

If you want to experience the biggest and best events while earning money, Backstage Support Service may be the employer for you.