How to tickle your brain
One of the first things you notice about Tito Maughn is his smile, one that comes from the security of his full-time job. But for Tito, it was a long road to employment.
“I was having tough time getting work. A friend told me about St. Stephen’s Employment & Training Centre. Even after I started going there, it took me a while to open up. That’s one of the things they do – take the time to know who you are and what you want. They helped me see that I had problems with my anger and showed me better ways to deal with it. I didn’t know agencies did stuff like that.”
Staff recognized that Tito was perfect for the Youth Job Connection (YJC), a program geared to young people who are out of school and unemployed. “They tickle your brain and open you up to new ideas, things that help you find and keep a job, things like how to stand out in a crowd and having a good work ethic … how to fine tune everything you thought you knew.”
YJC staff found a work placement for Tito at Aroma Espresso Bar where he’s still working today. “Oh my god, things are so much better … a million times!”