Kelowna youth employment program receives more than $750,000

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KELOWNA - A Kelowna youth employment program is receiving more than $750,000 from the federal government.

The YMCA’s Jumpstart Employment Essentials Kelowna program received $794,476 in funding under the Skills Link component of the Government of Canada’s youth Employment Strategy.

“This vital funding from the Government of Canada has provided Central Okanagan youth the opportunity to gain the certifications, skills and confidence needed to be successful in our local workforce,” Allyson Graf with the YMCA Okanagan in Kelowna says. “It can be challenging for youth to make the transition to work and adulthood.”

The Jumpstart program is aimed at helping those aged 15 to 30 find a job. The 14-week program assists people building their resume and giving them hands-on work experience.

“This investment in our community is changing the lives of many and helping local youth build a bright future,” Graf says.

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