New YES Project training session to be offered at Sault College starting January 18th, 2016!
In partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade & Employment, the Sault College Youth Entrepreneurship Skills (YES) Project, will provide personalized entrepreneurship training and specialized mentorship for young people facing multiple barriers to self-employment. This opportunity is being offered to young people who wish to become self-employed or wish to start their own product or service based small business ventures.
The project has been implemented across seven Northern communities from East Algoma to Wawa that included four Aboriginal communities. It featured a training program with a formal curriculum, specialized mentorship, wrap-around supports, and twenty micro-grants to assist successful participants with their small business start-ups. Training sessions in each of the designated communities took place from September/2014 through to December/2014, with 2 additional training sessions offered in January 2015.
Locations and dates for the seven community training sessions offered are as follows;
Sault Ste. Marie - Sault College September 2 to September 19, 2014
Garden River First Nations September 22 to October 10, 2014
Batchewana First Nations September 22 to October 10, 2014.
Blind River and surrounding communities October 13 to October 31, 2014
Wawa and surrounding communities November 3 to November 21, 2014
Manitoulin Island - two (2) sessions planned
M'Chigeeng First Nations November 24 to December 12, 2014
Aundeck Omni Kaning (AOK) First Nations November 24 to December 12, 2014
Sault College campus - for Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding communities - January 12 to January 31, 2015
Sagamok First Nations (Massey) - January 12 to January 31, 2015
WHAT TRAINING IS OFFERED?
3 weeks of formal classroom entrepreneurship training in your community, to fine tune your business idea and get started.
Combination of guest speakers /seminars / group work / hands-on activity / field visits
Wrap around support services designed to overcome or remove barriers to success.
Mentorship support, personal interaction, and guidance from local successful entrepreneurs and community service providers.
Build on existing talents and strengths to enhance interpersonal skills / learn the importance of managing your money / know the legal responsibilities of setting up and running a business.
Learn how to write a business plan.
Learn how to research your market to get customers and make money.
Find opportunities for long term business financing
DISCOVERY DAY planned for March, 2015 - access to community business resources / learn first-hand from business owners / managers
For those successful participants who have worked through and completed a business plan, they can apply and may qualify for $3,000.00 in micro-financing to assist with business start up
Help youth facing multiple barriers gain entrepreneurial skills and launch a small business or self-employment venture.
Fill the gap for those youth not eligible for other business start-up assistance programs.
Target High-Needs Communities and / or Vulnerable Populations.
Increase job creation through self-employment.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Young people between the ages of 15 and 29
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
A resident of Ontario
Not enrolled as a full-time student and not returning to school
Not currently enrolled in the Self Employment Benefits (SEB) Program
Prepared to attend a 3 weeks session of formal classroom training
Have the desire, determination, and commitment to be their own boss
WHAT DOES IT COST?
No cost to the participant for tuition fee and no cost for course materials.
No training allowance or funding is provided to participants who attend this training program.