Peer-to-Peer, also known as P2P, is a youth-driven program that focuses on developing leadership skills and providing employment resources and opportunities for young people. P2P aims to motivate young people to achieve their entrepreneurship dreams, to gain leadership skills and to receive opportunities and skills for first-time employment. P2P aims to inspire, to have fun and to expose participants to new experiences. .

Ujima Job Fair

This one-day annual event held during Black History Month provides employment resources and opportunities for people of all ages. Hugely successful, this event is organized and managed by young people. Polish up your resume, enhance your skills or even land your next job. If you are at least 15 and looking for a job, ask how the Ujima Job Fair can help you increase your job search success!

Saturday Drop-In Centre

Love playing basketball? Every Saturday afternoon at the York Street Public School, young folks between 12-20 hang out and play b-ball. A well-attended drop-in centre, this 3-hour program aims to inspire young folks, educate and capture their imagination all while having fun. We keep them busy – engaged in team work, with fair play as well as having special guests coming in regularly to provide some motivational pep talks and skills-training sessions.

Summer Youth Employment

As part of our mandate, Jaku Konbit is committed to assist youths in finding paid summer employment and to gain first-time work experience. We recognize that students can often have a difficult time finding their first summer job. It can be very intimidating preparing a resume, approaching prospective employers, and being interviewed. Some are not even sure where to begin.

Youth unemployment rates remain stubbornly high, so in collaboration with the Youth Services Bureau (YSB), the Ottawa Police Services, the Ottawa Catholic School Board, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board’s Focus on Youth (FOY) Programs and the YMCA-YWCA, we do our part to empower the youth and help give them real work experience and responsibilities. Jaku’s Summer Employment Program is about investing in youth today so it will have a real impact on their future.

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