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Matthew Edward

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Opening the door to employment

Youth unemployment in the City of Toronto is nearly 20%. In Matthew Edward’s neighbourhood, the rate is even higher. But today, he is hard at work, thanks to the Youth Employment Fund (YEF).

Established by the Ontario government in 2013 and implemented by organizations like St. Stephen’s Employment & Training Centre, YEF focuses on youth under the age of 30 who are out of school and looking for full-time work. That described Matthew perfectly.

“I was using St. Stephen’s Youth Services and I couldn’t find a job for half a year. They referred me to the Employment & Training Centre.”

With the help of his job development counsellor, Matthew found his dream job as a rough carpenter for Professional Carpentry. Today, he is a first year apprentice and well on his way to professional certification. Matthew’s counsellor is still in contact with him to ensure both he and his employer are happy.

“I love my job. I’d never have gotten here without the staff’s support and patience. Thank you St. Stephen’s for opening the doors!”

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