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Opportunity For All Youth holds first launch in Western Canada at Calgary City Hall

September 29, 2018 By: Lily Lo

The Opportunity For All Youth coalition partnered with the Youth Employment Centre to hold the first event ever in Western Canada at Calgary City Hall on September 28, 2018. Hundreds of youth were in attendance to interview with Walmart, Starbucks, TELUS, The Source, and HMS Host.

Check out this video recap of the event:

Key quotes from media coverage include:

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi praised the initiative. “This is an excellent program to increase youth employment and help us to build a better economy where all Calgarians benefit,” he said. “Together, we are creating great opportunities for our young citizens so they can have valuable experiences that will help them in their future careers.” – Calgary Herald

“Regardless of whether or not they’ve had work experience, they’ve also had a tremendous amount of experience in life,” says Sam Wankowski, senior VP of operations at Walmart Western Canada. “There’s a huge amount of skills that youth today are learning from experiences they may have had.” – CTV News

“They lack the experience to begin with, and because of the recent downturn they’re now having to compete against other pools of candidates,” city spokesperson Jennifer MacSween said. “So it has created more of a challenge for our young people here in Calgary.”
Global News

Michael Conway, president of Starbucks Canada, said the coalition is appealing to the business community to join forces and take action to transform lives. “Our experience tells us vulnerable youth are a remarkable source of untapped talent and possibility. They consistently demonstrate high engagement and long tenure.” Calgary Business

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