Mission statement

Youth Futures supports youth from vulnerable communities to succeed in post-secondary education and the work force through leadership development, mentorship, employment experience, and post-secondary orientation, to build successful futures and strong communities.

There is no cost to participate in the program.

Leadership Training     

Training topics include:

  • Leadership games
  • Communication
  • Resume Preparation
  • Interview Skills
  • Certified training such as High Five, CPR, First Aid and AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)


The goal: To give participants the opportunity to gain 6 weeks of employment experience, developing skills and earning money towards their post-secondary education.

Summer employment is not guaranteed and is only provided to participants that have been dedicated and successful in other program components.

Employment possibilities include:

  • City of Ottawa- Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department
  • City of Ottawa – Community and Social Services Department
  • Ottawa Community Housing Corporation
  • Community Organizations
  • Local Businesses

Visit our Employers page to see a list of last year`s employers.


The goal: To guide youth through the program, offering insight and relating to experiences, while communicating with employers to ensure successful completion of their employment.

  • Provide guidance & support throughout training and job placement to ensure retention
  • Serve as ambassadors of post-secondary

 Post Secondary Experience

Ten days of on-campus orientation offers participants the opportunity to visit and tour the various campuses located in Ottawa:

  • Algonquin College
  • Carleton University
  • La Cité
  • Saint Paul University
  • University of Ottawa

Community Engagement

The goal: To provide participants with opportunities to make connections and contributions to the community while building skills and their network for futures success.

Past opportunities included:

  • Community Clean-Ups
  • Ottawa WOW Week
  • Community BBQ


Parental support

The goal: To provide your child with the motivation and resources they need to graduate and get the most out of the program.

Past opportunities included:

  • Networking opportunities with other parents
  • Skill building workshops
  • Attending Youth Futures events