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Young people who do not finish high school are more likely not to find jobs and become dependent on government support. This intervention is intended to add a layer of support to catch these young people before they fall through the cracks.
Future Skills Centre is investing almost $1 million in the innovative Reboot Plus for youth 17 to 24 who have not finished or are not on track to graduate high school. This first-of-its-kind program in Canada will help them re-engage in both education and career development.
After being referred from local school districts, three cohorts of 20+ youth will take part in training that includes essential skills, “hope-centred” career development, résumé and job search portfolio development, and networking, presentation skills, and practice.
Participants are rarely, if ever, provided the opportunity Reboot Plus offers: the chance to meet four to seven professionals in their fields of interest to get to know the sector, what the job market is like, job requirements, and get guidance on developing their career.
Douglas College will provide the training and “interviews” will take place at local Burnaby and Surrey businesses, helping participants build confidence and understanding of the labour market and potential career paths — maybe even a job. It will also help employers understand this pool of talent and develop specific onboarding strategies and tools for them.
Reboot Plus is specifically for youth at-risk who have or may not graduate high school, and include: Indigenous Peoples, new immigrants and refugees, racialized peoples, LGBTQ2S+, those on the autism spectrum, living with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities, living with depression and anxiety, and people with essential skills gaps and without post-secondary education.
This project will be evaluated using tools and approaches aligned with its goals, context, and stage of development. The evaluation will focus on generating the right evidence at the right moment to move the intervention forward. Read more about our evaluation strategy.