Mission statement

Youth Futures is bilingual program that aims to create equitable opportunities for youth facing marginalization and other barriers by providing experiences, skills and support that lead to success in post-secondary education and work experiences.

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

Time will be scheduled for post-secondary orientation which offers participants the opportunity to explore the various campuses located in Ottawa:

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

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