Friday, January 7, 2011

New Release - Langley BC

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YFC/Youth Unlimited in Langley is launching a program to assist jobless youth

LANGLEY, B.C. – According to a CBC report in April of 2010 the recent wave’s economic uncertainty across North America have affected young people from entering the work force. “Our youth workers have noticed the trend of under-employment rates locally as well,” Remarked Danny Ferguson, the Langley Area Director for Greater Vancouver YFC/Youth Unlimited, “being able to maintain a job in the teens years helps to build confidence and independence as well as to establish a continuing work ethic.”

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development reported that, “there is now a very real concern the recession will produce a ‘lost generation’ of young people with slimmer, long-term, job prospects” (http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2010/04/21/youth-unemployment-oecd.html).
There are several local organizations that have focused on assisting young people in finding jobs and improving their skill base. All these can be found at www.youthblackbook.com.

Ferguson and his team at YFC/Youth Unlimited have chosen to address the issue from a slightly different angle. “We believe that these young people won’t be unemployed forever, but the youth themselves have a hard time seeing that. “ Says Laura Manca who has developed a short-term student leadership team with YU to help young people fill their time between jobs and build into themselves at the same time. “We are calling this program “Illuminate” precisely because we want to shed some light into the lives of young people when things look dark to them”.

Illuminate is a six week program that will leave young people with 20 hours of volunteer work as well as an emphasis on developing leadership, listening and problem solving skills. The program begins on February 2nd and runs until March 16 with weekly meetings happening on Wednesday afternoons and volunteering on Friday evenings.

There are still spaces available. If you are interested in nominating a young person to attend the program, YFC/Youth Unlimited is hosting an information night on January 19 at the Willoughby Rec Center in the Langley Event Center at 7pm.

For more information please contact:

Danny Ferguson
Langley Area Director
Greater Vancouver YFC/Youth Unlimited
604-968-1812
Langley@youthunlimited.com
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