New Partnership Supports Paid Training and Employment for Youth and Young Adults

BALANCE and CCRW (Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work) are very pleased to announce a first-time United Way-funded partnership to provide customized support to young adults living with sight loss to participate in…

Youth the Future (YTF) Scarborough!!

A Pre-employment Training Program for Youth living with disability, aged 15-30*

Youth the Future (YTF) is a pre-employment training program through the CCRW. Youth with disabilities, with barriers to employment, are provided job-readiness training and are assisted and supported to find ongoing, entry-level work in Toronto, including Scarborough.

Do You…

  • Have a SIN card?
  • Have basic reading/writing skills?
  • Have a positive attitude?

Are You…

  • Between the ages of 15-30?
  • Not on EI?
  • Unemployed?

This program includes:

6 weeks of PAID, in-class job readiness training:

  • Learn how to effectively job search
  • Interview techniques
  • Create resumes and cover letters
  • Learn all the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in today’s workplace


14 weeks of PAID employment (min 25 hours/week):

  • We support and empower you throughout the transition
  • Continuous feedback and coaching, on-the-job
  • Support to your employer
  • Weekly PAID classroom training throughout

If you live with sight loss, you will receive direct support within both the in-class and on-the-job training, from a dedicated project staff member, in addition to the support and training provided by the YTF program staff.

To learn more and/or to apply, please contact:

Cristina Lopes, Program Facilitator/Job Developer

The Insight Project

BALANCE for Blind Adults



* The YTF Program is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Skills Link program.

BALANCE Annual General Meeting

Please PLAN TO ATTEND our BALANCE Annual General Meeting!

When: Monday, June 17, 2019 at 4:30 PM
Where: Swansea Town Hall, Council Chamber (95 Lavinia Ave, Toronto)
Welcome Remarks: Bhutila Karpoche, MPP, Parkdale-High Park

Featured Speaker: Dr. Keith Gordon, Head of Research, New Zealand Foundation for the Blind, and VP (Retired) Research, CNIB
Title of the talk: “Thank goodness I’m not going crazy. I just have Charles Bonnet Syndrome”

Following the talk, will be our annual meeting, including reports from our Board Chair Bob Stark and our Executive Director, Deborah Gold, on all of our proud achievements of the past fiscal year. A report on our finances will also be included.

A light supper will be served.

RSVP to or call 416-236-1796, ext. 0 to reserve  your seat. Please respond by June 10 if you plan to attend, so that we can order the correct amount of food. All clients and other stakeholders are welcome!

BALANCE wishes to thank Accessible Media Inc. for their sponsorship of the refreshments for this event.