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.
- Have a SIN card?
- Have basic reading/writing skills?
- Have a positive attitude?
- Between the ages of 15-30?
- Not on EI?
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.
What we have learned this summer at BALANCE for Blind Adults has far exceeded our expectations.
As students who aspire to have careers in health care, our experiences have broadened our perspectives and knowledge of working with individuals with vision impairments. With the help of the staff and clients at BALANCE, we have become more cognizant of various barriers and as such, strive for inclusion and accessibility in our future career, as well as personal lives. We feel empowered to become advocates for people with vision impairments by educating others about opportunities to create more inclusive communities.
Prior to working at BALANCE, we had very limited exposure to working with individuals with blindness or low vision. It was a big learning curve and it hadn’t occurred to us that there had been so many advancements in the field of low vision and blindness. We realize that every day we take for granted the tools that many people with visions impairments rely on for independence. Just to name a few; Google Home, Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. As well, one of the main learning takeaways from this experience is that the key to a meaningful life is having connections in the community. We have learned that through partnerships with various organizations we can better support our clients and achieve that goal.
As sighted people, we have become more aware of existing features in our community that promote independence and safe travel for people with vision loss. For example, pedestrian crossing activators and the tactile bumps in subway stations. By being more aware of these necessities, we can play our part in reporting to authorities when these tools are not functioning and/or assist someone, if they wish.
We encourage students to apply for positions at Not- for-Profit Organizations because you will be surrounded by some of the hardest working, dedicated and kind people in existence. It is evident that the staff at BALANCE work as hard as they do because they truly care about making a difference in their clients’ lives. Thank you to the staff and clients at BALANCE for teaching us all that you have and showing us the importance of working with passion and the impact that you can make on someone else’s life.
Sam and Tal