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3 opportunities for youth to build their skills this summer

3 opportunities for youth to build their skills this summer

With World Youth Skills Day on Saturday, July 15, we know of a few upcoming opportunities where youth can get involved and build their skills in the community. If you’re young and looking for some incredible opportunities, you’ve come to the right place!

The key to getting involved as a young person – however you define young – is finding the right opportunities that fit your interests. Hopefully, you’ll like one (or all!) of these.

1) Attend the Small Business Seminar

If you’re young and have a business idea, or are just interested in business and networking, it’s a good idea to attend the Small Business Seminar at Mississauga Grand Banquet and Event Centre on August 23 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The event features women in small business from across the GTA showcasing their businesses to the public, alongside workshops in marketing, social media, and web development. You can learn, network, and be inspired at this day-long event. Who knows – this event might be your inspiration for a business idea. Ten per cent of the admission price ($40 per ticket including a hot buffet lunch) supports United Way of Peel Region, so you’ll be doing some good for yourself and for your community.
For details, click here.

2) Apply for the Structural Airplane Apprentice program

Anyone between the ages of 18 and 29 can apply for this super cool eight-month apprenticeship, where you can learn all about assembling massive aircraft. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Canada (MHICA) runs this program from their manufacturing plant in Mississauga, starting about six new sessions each year. Sixty positions are available for their next intake of applicants in August, so gear up! What kind of skills can you gain? Well, interpersonal, leadership and teamwork skills for one, but also, the ability to assemble planes. In April 2016, 22 applicants successfully completed the program and 21 were hired into full-time positions with MHICA, where technicians build and join wing assemblies and fuselage centre sections, and perform systems and flight control assembly installations and testing. So, there’s a huge opportunity to gain full-time employment here.  

For details, click here.

3) Apply for a Youth in Action grant

If you’re between the ages of 14 and 24, and you have a project that will better the community, you might be eligible for free money from us. Requests can be made for up to $2,000 per project, and we’re gearing up to dole out grants come fall for youth-initiated ideas for community projects. Don’t have an idea but want to get involved? Come up with one – you can do it! First, think about a community issue that you’re passionate about solving. Homelessness? Unemployment? Mental health? Then, think of some steps you can take to better it. Of course, that’s an oversimplified method, but if you develop an idea and can outline a strategy, you should definitely apply. Last year, we saw projects on raising awareness on mental health in the homeless population, changing the perception among youth with regards to youth in poverty living in the Region of Peel through a poverty simulation, and a conference for emerging young artists to explore their artistic abilities and to use art as a healthy outlet for positive mental health

For details, click here.

These are just a few opportunities where youth can develop their skills. Ultimately, there are an abundance of steps youth can take to develop their skills, all while giving back to their community, like volunteering, attending skill-based events and workshops, and joining committees and councils.

After all, the youth in Peel region are inspiring and their skill-building creates possibility in our community!

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