Youth Effect Program

Youth Leading Innovative Business Outcomes

What is it?

The Youth Effect program aims to provide youth (18-29) with experiential learning and training with local businesses, and focuses on fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in Northwestern Ontario. Youth will be carefully selected and matched with a local business based on interest, skill, and need. They will work together over the course of 15 weeks (May 8th – August 18th) on a clearly identified project and achieving milestones.

The Youth Effect program is not like other placement programs. It not only provides real life job skills for the youth, but provides them with innovation training, mentorship, a leadership retreat, and a peer network for those showing a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. Additionally, there’s value to the participating businesses, through innovation training and the ability to access the skills and energy of the youth to complete a defined project, the business will be better positioned to grow!


Areas of Focus

Experiential Learning
for the Youth
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Training for the Youth
and the Business
Business Growth for
the Company


Students are paid $14 per hour

Businesses contribute $700 as part of the program.





  • Located in Northwestern Ontario
  • At least one full time employee
  • For-profit business, not a retailer or reseller
  • Ability to pay necessary employer contributions (CPP/EI)
  • Willing to commit to the full 15 week program
  • Between the ages of 18-29
  • Located in Northwestern Ontario
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Interested in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career
  • Able to commit and participate in the full 15 week program


Applications Due March 31st, 2017

Click Here for Youth Application Click Here for Company Application

For more information please contact:

Kendall Kerbashian