Thursday August 28 2014
The Laval News, Laval's English newspaper since 1993 - Journal anglais à Laval depuis 1993.

Maison des jeunes Ste-Dorothée earns $331,000 federal grant

Senator Claude Carignan, centre, celebrates with youths from the Maison des jeunes de Ste-Dorothée last Tuesday following his announcement of the Skills Link program.

Laval youth who face barriers finding jobs will be getting a helping hand, including job training and work experience, thanks to a federal government program announced in Ste-Dorothée at the Maison des jeunes by Senator Claude Carignan last Tuesday on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resources and Skills Development.

Theatre project
With the assistance of the federal Skills Link program, the Maison des jeunes will be helping 24 youths develop skills and acquire the experience they need to find a job or regain the confidence to return to school. The Maison des jeunes will be receiving a grant of more than $331,000 for its PRO Acte theatre project.
Project participants will be attending employability and life skills workshops dealing with topics such as teamwork and job search techniques. At the same time, they will also be performing community service during which they will work on planning, directing and presenting a play designed to educate young people from the region about issues that affect them, such as self-esteem and bullying.

Employment barriers
According to the ministry, the Skills Link program is designed to help youths, such as single parents, aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, recent immigrants, youths living in rural and remote areas and youths who have dropped out of high school, all of whom face special barriers to employment.
“I think that a subsidy like this one is something that is earned, and the people here at the Maison des jeunes de Ste-Dorothée proved that they deserved the confidence of the government of Canada,” Carignan said during a press conference held at the youth centre on montée Gravel in Ste-Dorothée.

Facing challenges
Carignan said the quality of services rendered to youths over the past few years at the centre was a deciding factor in the government’s decision to award one of its largest grants allotted for the region of Laval.
“For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today’s environment,” he added. “That’s why our government is creating opportunities for youth to suceed through support for initiatives like the PRO Acte project.”

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