About Us

Community Insights Advancing Youth Employment

Since 1988, First Work: Ontario Association of Youth Employment Centres, and our network of organizations offering youth employment services, has been committed to delivering accessible, high quality, outcomes-based employment services to young people seeking opportunities. By supporting the work of local youth employment centres across Ontario, First Work strives to help young people find and maintain meaningful employment that will help improve the quality of their lives.

On behalf of our membership, First Work offers:

Professional development opportunities to enhance service capacity across the network.

Strategic alliances with stakeholders who share our vision.

Opportunities to advance innovative approaches to workforce development.

First Work supports and advocates for a sustainable youth employment delivery network.

To see Ontario youth accessing and leveraging an agile and holistic employment network that assists them to reach their employment and life goals.

  • We believe that all youth should have the opportunity to reach their full potential;
  • We believe that youth should have equitable access to services;
  • We believe in the values associated with a community-based, non-profit delivery model;
  • We believe in honesty, fair play and integrity in all our dealings and value solutions reached through collaboration;
  • We believe First Work is accountable to its members for the achievement of its mission and core functions;
  • We value an active and influential membership;
  • We value partnerships with other organizations and governments where they contribute to the achievement of our vision and mission;
  • We believe in the value of knowledge transfer and evaluation so that our members, governments and community are well informed and our activities are evidence-based.

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