Tropicana Community Services Organization
The Jobs For Youth team consists of nine frontline staff. Their main objective is to provide employment opportunities for youth 15 to 18 years old living in the priority neighbourhoods. The team believes in the saying that ‘the strength of the team is each individual member and the strength of each member is the team’ and therefore they invested time working overtime, late nights and early mornings to support the youth in achieving success.
Some of the team’s achievements included: surpassing their targets by placing 2,528 youth in jobs compared to goal of 2,130;building strong partnerships with over 379 employers; successfully advocating with employers to give youth a second chance at success in cases of dismissals; developing relationships with key stakeholders to meet the needs of the youth.
To quote their nominators: “They think “outside the box” and challenge the way things are done when new methods can lead to greater success. They are not afraid to try new ideas and know how to remain calm under pressure – and the job they perform is one full of pressure and stress.”