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$1.46M Invested in Caledon Youth

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Written by Patti Foley

$1.46M Invested in Caledon Youth

A Government of Canada funding announcement is great news for Caledon youth and young adults aged 15 – 30. The $1.46M three-year Skills Link funding renewal provides sustainable support for the very successful LIFE for Youth (Learning Innovation for Future Employment) Program. Delivered by Caledon Community Services’ (CCS) Employment and Development team to youth and young adults not in school and not working, LIFE is funded through the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) that provides career information, work skills and experience needed to find and maintain employment.

The LIFE for Youth program through CCS has seen tremendous success over the past ten cycles of participants. Mary Falcone, Program Manager, notes that, “we have touched the lives of 240 Caledon young people in so many ways. We have worked closely with them and their families, local employers and our high schools. Everyone is on board after ten cycles of proven results.” All participants in Life for Youth participate in a structured routine and on-going job coaching. Some go on to complete their high school diplomas, others find full-time employment and career paths with local employers and still others begin college or university. Program participants benefit from counselling and a variety of other CCS supports to assist with other barriers that may interfere with success.

Life for Youth is a paid six month program where youth earn while gaining employment skills through classroom instruction, internal CCS work placements and a community work placement with a Caledon employer, always carefully matched to areas of interest. This program promotes education and skill development and opens doors to full labour market participation. CCS also provides transportation to and from training and job sites. For information and to register, contact Mary Falcone, Youth Program Manager, at Caledon Community Services – Employment and Development, (905) 584-2300 x 232, email

About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.