Program Model

Youth Futures is an Ottawa-based program that supports equity deserving youth between the ages of 16-21 living in low-income and social housing communities. The program supports students to complete their high school education and successfully transition into post-secondary. Running intensively for a 6-month period between February and August of each year, Youth Futures is provided at no cost to the participants, and runs in both English and French.

Components of the program include:

Leadership and Skills Development

The City of Ottawa’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services offers this exciting educational program in the February-May period. This program component includes:

  • Leadership and team building activities and games
  • Communication skills
  • Resume Preparation
  • Interview Preparation
  • Employment / office etiquette training
  • Certifications (CPR, First Aid and AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.


  • Guidance and support throughout skills leadership and skills development training
  • Support during employer placements


  • Six-week paid employment experience
  • Networking opportunities
  • Mentorship support

Post-Secondary Preparation

  • Site visits to Ottawa post-secondary campuses
  • Exposure to post-secondary programming, campus life and student resources available
  • Meet faculty and students
  • Application support

Visit our Employers page to see a list of organization who have hosted Youth Futures participants in the past.