As we plan for the future of Career Trek programming, spring is an exciting time. We find ourselves in a place full of opportunities to re-envision existing programs, launch new ones, develop and strengthen partnerships, and extend our reach into communities throughout Manitoba (and eventually beyond).
We’re excited to be launching M-Power North this month. Thanks to the generosity of The Telus Friendly Future Foundation and The Future Skills Centre, this program for young moms living in Northern Manitoba will explore careers through interactive lessons that will provide insight into specific jobs while supporting the women in enhancing important 21st century employability skills. The program will also work to incorporate land-based education, bringing learning to the participants from an Indigenous perspective. For moms who have pre-school children, they will have the opportunity to have them engaged in an early learning environment. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Program Coordinator Aneshia Campbell-Bignell at [email protected] .
A thank you goes to Canada Service Corps, for extending funding of the Career Readiness and Amazing Volunteer Experience (CRAVE) Project, enable us to run the program through to March 2022. CRAVE engages high school students in career exploration and skill building, with a focus on addressing local social issues. Participants research and take on a community service project, and carry out a plan to make a difference.
The Get Ready to Work! (GRTW!) program, for Grade 9 and 10 students, just wrapped up in Career Trek’s West and Winnipeg regions, with the North Region set to complete their session this week. GRTW! focused on future career and education discovery, along with the enhancement and development of key employment skills. The program was made possible by the generous support of RBC Future Launch. Many thanks go out to the schools, community organizations and speakers that have made this program a success.
I just had the pleasure of sitting in on the final day of the 2020-2021 Junior Staff Mentorship Program, a program that underwent a lot of change this year. The participants each developed ‘A Day in the Life’ presentations, to share what it’s like to be a high school student with Grade 5 and 6 students in the Wonder of Work program. This project enabled participants to reflect on their high school experience and how it’s preparing them for their futures. I was impressed with their wisdom and their talent and am thankful that Career Trek has been part of their journey.
There’s so much more to come, for these programs and others. Stay tuned to hear more about our new adventures.