Youth Skills Development

What We Do

The Youth Skills Development Program’s objective is to empower youth at risk who are seeking employment but face barriers to workforce entry.

The program will provide youth with the necessary employability skills and work experience needed to make a successful transition to the work force. Youth will develop a broad range of skills, knowledge, and work experience. The program will offer a wide array of activities tailored to meet individual needs of each youth.

We understand that youth require 1:1 and group-based supports that are youth centred, engaging and meet the youth where they are at while building mental wellness for successful workforce access and maintenance.

Youth will develop tools and techniques to improve their mental health, build resiliency and self-esteem.

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Youth ages 16 – 29 motivated to gain and maintain employment.


16 Week Youth Skills Development Program

  • 6 weeks of group-based workshops focused on mental wellness, life skills and employment readiness
  • 4 weeks of Active Pre – Job Training to prepare for the workforce
  • 6 weeks of Job Search


  • 6 weeks Monday – Thursday 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • 4 weeks Monday – Thursday 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • 3 sessions (summer, fall/winter, spring) 


YWCA St.Thomas-Elgin, 16 Mary St West, St.Thomas



  • Youth ages 16-21 can receive a high school credit upon graduation
  • Learn life skills, mental health coping strategies and employability skills
  • 1-1 support with helping youth overcome barriers to employment, finding
    and maintaining a job
  • A safe space where we build social and community connections

Support Outside of the Program

Our Coordinators can also assist with 1-1 system navigation, miscellaneous referrals, apartment searching and life stability support.


Please complete the referral form

Our coordinators will be in touch regarding an interview.

Have a question? Please contact one of our coordinators:

Greg Moore
519-631-9800 extension 232
cell 519-636-6915

Holly Blair
519 – 631 -9800 extension 246
cell 437-236-1766

Youth Skills Development Referral Form

This Employment Project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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Through this program, the YWCA has partnered with the Windsor Residence for Young Men (Life-skills curriculum), and the Thames Valley District School Board (potential of high-school credits).

Windsor Residence for Young Men
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