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Youth on Board

Having trouble finding a reliable employer?
Looking for a full-time paid work experience in the not-for-profit sector?
Need training to develop new skills and knowledge?

The Youth on Board with Non-Profit Organizations Project

Offers it all!


Our Vision is to empower YOU with the skills and opportunities YOU need, to build a career that creates a better future for yourself, your community and the world.

Our Mission is to help YOU find job opportunities in the Yukon, by providing professional and technical training sessions that lead directly to career-building experiences with not-for-profit organizations.

If you are:

  • Between 15 and 30 years old
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant territorial / provincial legislation and regulations
  • Not currently in receipt of Employment Insurance benefits
  • Have a clear Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector check.

All the Criteria have been met! Welcome aboard!
Please read the following required information carefully and complete section B of the "Paticipants Intake Form" Submit needed documents to 

We are here...

  • To help youth facing barriers to employment  including single parents, youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, young newcomers and youth in rural and remote areas to develop employability skills by obtaining a full-time 20 week long work experience.
  • To help youth develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in order to participate in the current and future labour market by providing an individualized training session.
  • To assist youth with the information and experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job and / or pursue advanced studies.


Frequently Asked Questions: 

What kind of job can I get?
Participants will be placed into entry-level positions in the not-for-profit sector.

What if I do not have any previous work experience?
That is why we are here! The Youth on Board Program was designed to help you find job opportunities and obtain the skills and knowledge needed to build successful future careers.

Can I apply if I do not have a high school diploma?

How do I apply for the program?
The first step is to complete Section B of the Participant Information Form and submit it to the Youth on Board Youth Engagement Leader. If you require help, we can assist you to complete the form over the phone or in person.

I am a high school student, can I still participate?
Participants are expected to be available 7 hours per day, 5 days per week for a total of 20 weeks of full-time employment. Therefore students that are currently in school full-time cannot take part.

I am currently receiving Employment Insurance Benefits but looking for a job, can I apply for the program?
No. If you are in receipt of Employment Insurance Benefits you are not eligible for this program.

Can you help me with my resume and cover letter?
Yes, through the program we will provide you with employment sessions that focus on your career. These sessions will include essential employment-oriented topics such as resume and cover letter building, short exposure courses and job interview preparation.

How do I get a job? What are the steps?
Your resume and a cover letter will be sent to not-for-profit organizations that are looking to hire employees for entry-level positions. You will then take part in a regular interview session with interested organizations.

Can I participate if I am not a Canadian resident?
If you are not a Canadian resident, you are still eligible to take part as long as you are a permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. As soon as you are legally entitled to work in Canada according to the relevant territorial / provincial legislation and regulations you are eligible to participate.

I want to take part in the program but I reside outside of Whitehorse.  Can you help me obtain employment in my community?
If your community is located within the Yukon, yes. One of the main objectives of the project is to help youth overcome barriers to employment. We understand that sometimes it can be challenging to obtain your first work experience in smaller communities. We would look at each participant on a case-by-case basis and will contact not-for-profit organizations specifically in your community.

What if I live with a physical or mental disability, could I still be a part of the program?
The program does not exclude those with disabilities. Therefore, if you meet all of the eligibility criteria listed above you can take part.

I am a single parent and looking for a full-time job. Can you assist with day care?
One of the main objectives of the project is to help youth overcome barriers to employment. Financial assistance for a portion of day care expenses may be available to you. These instances are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

What is going to happen when the program is over?
The desired outcome is that after the program has been completed is that participants will be permanently employed or will have returned to school. Additionally, if you successfully complete the 20 week full-time work experience placement, you are eligible for a completion bonus of $500  and a reference letter from the organization you have been working for.

What are the benefits of being a part of Youth on Board? Some of the benefits of participating in this project are:

  • 20 weeks continuous full-time job experience;
  • On the job training and development;
  • Assistance with various challenges;
  • Valuable career-related experience;
  • Networking building;
  • And much more!

How does the program work?
Everyone who wishes to enter the program will be pre-screened by the Youth Engagement Leader to make sure the eligibility criteria have been met. After that, orientation sessions will follow to provide you with the program information, timelines, project goals and expectations. Those participants who wish to continue will be asked to provide a resume and cover letter and the job search will begin. Participants will be placed in entry-level positions within not-for-profit organizations. 

I just turned 31; can I still participate in the program?
No. The program is open to youth aged 15 to 30.

What is the length of the program?
The program is full-time employment of 7 hours per day, 5 days per week for a total of 20 weeks within the not-for-profit sector. The project also includes a 12 week follow-up period with those participants who have not found employment or did not return to school.

Can I work part-time only?
Part-time employment is not available through this project.

What if I am not happy with the job I get?
Throughout the program, the Youth Engagement Leader will closely monitor participants through regular site visits and ongoing communication with the employers and the youth. This will help to identify any possible issues and provide needed coaching and mentoring to overcome challenges at the workplace.

How much am I going to be paid?
You will be paid a wage based on the prevailing wage rate for the occupation.

Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contat me at :

Kate Misko
Project Manager
T: (867)456-4304

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Youth Skills Link Program


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