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Becoming A Member

Demonstrate Your Agency’s Commitment to Youth for the Long Term

Governments and employment programs come and go. But youth and youth employment remain important issues no matter which party gets elected and no matter what name they attach to their programs. First Work has been around for over 25 years, gaining the ear of MPPs, MPs, and policy makers throughout the changes in employment programs and changes in governments.

Through your membership you demonstrate your long-term commitment to youth and to youth employment. Affiliating with us will help your agency prepare to serve an important element of your community – its future leaders.

Strategic Membership

Those eligible for Strategic Membership include:

  • Non-Profits
  • “Community-Based” Organizations (non-legislated)
  • Those with a 3-year history of youth employment
  • Organizations accepted by motion of the Board
  • Organizations “grandfathered” in

Benefits of Strategic Membership include:

  • Voting rights at Annual General Meeting and eligibility for Board seats
  • Input to and influence of Government Relations that affect youth employment
  • Input to and influence of Strategic Communications that affect youth employment
  • Influence on and ability to participate in Professional Development activities (Futures Conference, Job Developers Institute and other conferences / professional development)
  • Influence on and participation in Knowledge Transfer activities (Hire Prospects, Evidence)

Strategic Membership Fee Structure

  • $1000.00 for agencies with an annual Operating Budget* greater than $500,000
  • $750.00 for agencies with an annual Operating Budget* greater than $200,000, but less than $500,000
  • $500.00 for agencies with an annual Operating Budget* less than or equal to $200,000

(Operating Budget defined by Employment Ontario “funded site” or equivalent program)

Stakeholder Membership

Those eligible for Stakeholder Membership include:

  • Legislated Non-Profit Groups (Colleges, Universities, Hospitals, Municipalities, Boards of Education)
  • Youth Employment Projects (Skills Link operators, United Way, Foundations)
  • Other Non-Profits (Unions, Co-ops, Social Enterprises, optional)
  • Individuals and For-Profits

Benefits of Stakeholder Membership include:

  • Influence on and ability to participate in Professional Development activities (Futures Conference, Job Developers Institute and other conferences / professional development)
  • Influence on and participation in Knowledge Transfer activities (Hire Prospects, Evidence)

Stakeholder Membership Fee Structure

  • $500.00 for agencies with an annual Operating Budget* greater than $500,000
  • $375.00 for agencies with an annual Operating Budget* greater than $200,000, but less than $500,000
  • $250.00 for agencies with an annual Operating Budget* less than or equal to $200,000

(Operating Budget defined by Employment Ontario “funded site” or equivalent program)

For more information about becoming a member, contact First Work by phoning (416) 323-9557, or emailing info@firstwork.org.

Benefits of Membership

Through supporting the work of local youth employment centres across Ontario, First Work aims to help young people find and maintain meaningful employment that will help improve the quality of their lives.

Since 1988, our network of over 70 youth employment agencies have been committed to delivering accessible, high quality, outcomes-based employment services to young people to assist them in reaching their employment and life goals. First Work adds value to our member’s work in the following ways:

  • Demonstrate Your Agency’s Commitment to Youth
  • Constant Improvement and Professional Development
  • Gain Extensive Government Access
  • Opportunities for Discounts and Revenue Sharing
  • Strengthening Partnerships

How does First Work support Ontario Youth Employment Centres?

Knowledge Transfer:
First Work members benefit from a multidirectional exchange of information and expertise between communities, governments, organizations, academics, and individuals.

Public Policy:
First Work members benefit from information and action on provincial and federal policies that affect the youth employment sector.

Professional Development:
First Work members benefit from youth employment sector training and networking opportunities, including Canada’s largest annual conference for youth employment sector professional development.

Strategic Communications:
First Work members benefit from our ability to go beyond simple information dissemination. First Work strives to build and maintain strong public relations focused on youth employment.

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

Professional Development

First Work facilitates professional development opportunities for youth employment practitioners across Ontario. Click here to see our current training opportunities.

Building skills of Youth Employment Centre staff is key to strengthening Youth Employment Services across Ontario. First Work is dedicated to coordinating professional development opportunities, not just to First Work Members, but to any professionals in Ontario that work with youth on employment issues.

First Work seeks to support professional development of youth employment professionals by:

  1. Hosting an annual professional development conference, Futures
    First Work offers an Annual Conference every fall that provides training sessions to front-line workers, managers and senior managers. Learn more about this year’s conference.
  2. First Work coordinates additional professional development opportunities throughout the year. As these opportunities arise, information will be posted on our web site.
  3. Disseminating other Training Opportunities to our Network of Members
    First Work collects and disseminates information about training and professional development opportunities occurring throughout the province.

Professional Development Opportunities

Job Developers Institute

The Job Developers Institute is the only 2-day hybrid face-to-face and on-line college-level Job Developers training in Canada. We run many sessions every year, and can even bring the training to your community! more…

Recommended Online Professional Development Resources:

Funded by the Counselling Foundation of Canada, this user-friendly web site is targeted directly towards employment counsellors across Canada. Features include a resources database, job postings for employment counsellors, discussion areas, news, professional development and more.

CERIC, the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling, presents CANNEXUS — a National Career Development Conference designed to promote the exchange of information and explore innovative approaches in the areas of career counselling and career development. For more information, visit: www.cannexus.ca

“I am proud to represent First Work on the Provinces Service Delivery Advisory group where we have played a leading role in supporting the coordination of non-government messages and influence with Employment Ontario.”

Michael Harris, Executive Director, Kingston Youth Employment Services

“We have contracted First Work’s evaluation department, Evidence, to assess the impact of several of our programs. It has provided an important way for us to continually improve our work and ensure youth are benefiting from our interventions.”

Darlene Howalchuk, Senior Vice-President Operations - Employment & Community , YMCA of Greater Toronto

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