The YMCA of Greater Saint John and the Department of Post-Secondary Education Training and Labour have partnered to help develop the talent pipeline and support the leaders of tomorrow in Southeastern New Brunswick through a youth employability program – Y IGNITE.

What is Y IGNITE?

Y IGNITE is a cohort-based employment program that will provide youth with the opportunity to learn transferrable skills, gain valuable work experience and build their professional network. Each cohort is 10 – 12 weeks long. The Y IGNITE program covers three different parts:

  • Job Placement: Each program participant will spend 4 days each week in job placement in a department of the YMCA to allow them to explore their career and provide a headstart. Potential placements include working in Child Care, Facilities, Finance, Outdoor Education and Camping, Membership, Marketing, Fitness and Recreation or Newcomer Connections.
  • Employment Workshops:  Program participants will spend one day a week in paid employment workshops facilitated by the Youth Employment Coordinator and guest speakers from the community. Workshops will focus on financial literacy, resume and cover letter development, building confidence in public speaking and a variety of YMCA staff training.
  • Mentorship:  Each program participant will be matched with a young professional in the Saint John Area who will be their mentor throughout the program. Through biweekly meetings, mentors will provide program participants with guidance, career advice and community connections.

Participants will go through a development journey that includes on-the-job training, one-on-one mentorship, and weekly professional development courses – containing a range of topics from financial literacy, professional etiquette, and confidence-building workshops.

Who is Y IGNITE for?

Y IGNITE has been created for youth between the ages of 15 – 30. Our summer cohort is reserved for high school youth, while our fall and winter cohorts are geared towards youth not currently enrolled in full-time education or available to work full-time hours.

The registrations for the Fall Cohort of Y IGNITE are now open

Apply here

For more information, contact

Laura Fraser
l.fraser@saintjohny.ca | 506-349-7865