Funding

Career Launch Initiate

Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism

The Career Launch initiative is designed to help Black children, youth, and young adults cultivate the skills, knowledge, and supports they need to succeed in education and the job market of today – and in the future. Locally developed initiatives will help build career pathways, promote in-demand skills, and provide access to professionally relevant networks to support participants’ exploration of – and entry into – a chosen high-opportunity field.

Sector/industry-based approaches have been linked with positive participant outcomes (e.g., employment and earnings). Selected applicants will identify and demonstrate an understanding of a specific sector/industry or career trajectory9 and how it will inform the design and implementation of their local Career Launch initiative. This includes employer needs (e.g., “demand” for current and future skills), worker needs (e.g., “supply” in the context of participant interests and assets), and changing labour market conditions (e.g., a forward-looking understanding of the labour market).

Selected applicants may also leverage a career pathway approach to create “on and off ramps” between the labour market and educational institutions to meet the needs of both younger and older participants, including those who are launching or re launching their careers. In addition to promoting individual pathways to labour market success, selected initiatives will be guided by culturally relevant and holistic approaches that recognize the diverse experiences, needs and strengths of Black Ontarians and strive to address a range of systemic barriers to their equitable participation in economic and social life (e.g., financial, educational, anti-Black racism and discrimination).

Selected applicants will be Black-led and/or Black-focused organizations or be part of a partnership or coalition that includes such organization(s).

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