YMCA Employment Services – YES!
Mission – The YMCA of Western NL is a partnership of volunteers and staff dedicated to promoting the success of individuals families and communities by offering YMCA programs that build strength in spirit, mind and body.
Values – Respect, Honesty, Responsibility, Caring, and Inclusion
Founded in 1981, the YMCA of Western NL (YMCA)corporate office is currently located in the Millbrook Mall and delivers Health, Recreation and Wellness programs, Youth Employment Programs, and Community Outreach from this address. This location is also the site for the Community Youth Network Corner Brook- Bay of Islands, Inc. The YMCA serves approximately 40,000 people in the Bay of Islands area including City of Corner Brook, Towns on the North and South Shores of the Bay, Town of Massey Drive, Steady Brook, Pasadena, and Deer Lake. In 2014 The YMCA extended its reach by opening a branch in Stephenville to serve the communities in the Bay St. George region. Education and Employment initiatives have been a cornerstone of YMCA’s activities since 1986 with a rich history of supporting individuals as they gain the knowledge and skills necessary to transition to employment. In 2009 the YMCA became the host organization for the Community Youth Network Corner Brook – Bay of Islands, YMCA Site Inc. (CYN). CYN is directed by a sub-committee of the YMCA Board of Directors. CYN is a youth-focused organization that supports the learning and development of youth between the ages of 12 and 18 and can extend programs to age 29 in special circumstances. The CYN mission is to engage, embrace, and empower youth and community in Corner Brook and Bay of Islands. The CYN Vision is to be the voice of youth. CYN Values are Trust, Acceptance, Respect, Leadership, Empowerment, and Collaboration. The YMCA and CYN have successfully collaborated in the direct delivery of Employment related programs such as YMCA Alternative Suspension, The YMCA Federal Public Sector Youth Internship Program, Linkages and Amplify
Primary Research Objectives(s)
- What employment supports are needed to address the identified gaps and barriers for at-risk individuals aged 12-40 in the Corner Brook-Bay of Islands area?
- How can this research on employment supports and the evaluation of the pilot project be used to develop best practices for the delivery of employment services using the YES! Drop-in Employment Services, Job Connect and Brighter Futures Employment Programs?
Research led by the YMCA of Western Newfoundland.
Newfoundland and Labrador
October 2019 – November 2023 *This research project is completed.
Research Project Deliverables
The research focused on a workforce innovation model to answer the questions:
- What employment supports are needed to address the identified gaps and barriers for at-risk individuals aged 12-40 in Corner Brook-Bay of Islands?
- How can this research on employment supports and the evaluation of the pilot project be used to develop best practices for the delivery of employment services using YES! drop-in Employment Services?
The project illuminated the obstacles to employment within the Corner Brook-Bay of Islands region, enabling the YMCA of Western NL to establish, test and evaluate networks, tools and other resources that assist people in overcoming these barriers within a supportive and secure environment.
This slide deck was presented at a Stakeholder Briefing on November 8, 2023.
The following video was presented at the NL Workforce Innovators Roundtable 2021 on October 5.