Youth Employment Skills and Strategy

Information about our “Connecting Inuit Youth” Project

We have received funding to provide a Youth Employment & Skills Strategy (YESS) program.
Over the next three years, 2021-2024, the YESS Program staff will assist 81 Inuit Youth from 15-30 years of age, navigate through the education and job sector of their choice. We match the youth in a up to 60-hour paid Quality Employment Opportunity (QEO) with an organization/artist/industry based on their strengths and career goals. Sometimes, there is the potential for employment with the employer once youth have successfully completed their QEO and training hours. Either way, we help youth prepare for the adult world – whether it is post-secondary education or employment.

During the whole process they will be supported by Paige Brackenbury- Career Counsellor; Tyler Rourke- Job Placement Officer; and myself, Heather McQuat, the YESS Coordinator.

We have some great incentives, workshops, and networking opportunities for the youth as well.

Listed below are what participants receive once joining the program:


As a participant you receive:
• PAID strengths-based career counselling & employment services and training
• $175 for work related items (such as clothes, equipment, hair cut)
• Workshops and accredited certifications – resume/interview skills, CPR training, etc.
• Job Fair & Networking opportunities
• PAID Quality Employment Opportunity (QEO) for up to 60 hours
• and more!

Our Partnership poster for perspective partners and a youth specific YESS poster is available for any youth.
Please let me know if you have any further questions regarding this program or you wish to register.

In Unity,
Heather McQuat – They/Them – YESS Coordinator
c: 343-574-9094 e:
500-595 Montreal Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1K 4L2