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 7th – August 17th) on a clearly identified innovative 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 innovative 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



Program Details:

Students are paid $15 per hour plus a bonus upon successful completion of the program

Businesses contribute $700 + mandatory employment related  costs as part of the program.

Program will run for 15 weeks from May 7th, 2018 to August 17th, 2018





  • Have a clearly definied innovative project for the youth to work on
  • 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


Call for Company Participants! Applications are due February 28th, 2018

Click Here for Company Application


*Call for youth applications will be end of March, please check back at a later date for more details.

For more information please contact:

Kendall Kerbashian




A program supported by FedNor