LONDON, ON —Fanshawe has partnered with Huron Chamber of Commerce to provide a youth education and employment program called Reboot Plus.

The Reboot Plus Project was developed by Douglas College of New Westminster, British Columbia and Future Skills Centre of Canada. The participants range from ages 17 to 24 and are from diverse backgrounds, including atypical high school experiences.

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Reboot Plus is a 16-week program in which participants complete career assessments, build essential skills and develop concrete career and education action plans. Part of the process includes obtaining on the ground information about the jobs and careers they are most interested in and suited for.

“As a key partner, the Chamber will connect students with professionals that will help them through their own career journey and exploration with classroom presentations and informational interviews,” says Heather Boa, operations manager at the Huron Chamber of Commerce. “This is a wonderful opportunity for professionals to make an impact and share knowledge about their industry. Through this process, our youth participants gain an understanding of their careers of interest and the world of work, build confidence speaking to professionals and begin to develop a network.”

“The project seeks to prove that personalized, heart-centered educational interventions will lead youth facing challenges towards success, graduation from high school or post-secondary education or employment,” says Darlene O’Neill, director of Fanshawe’s Employment and Student Entrepreneurial Services. “The other goal is to shift perceptions of these youths as viable, contributing members of the labour force in the eyes of employers.”

The program is also a research project from a pan-Canadian lens and is being launched in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

Any professional interested in being interviewed by a student may contact Heather Boa at the Huron Chamber of Commerce, or 519-440-0176.

Reboot Plus is running in Clinton for 16 weeks and registration is open until this week. Please contact Laurel Teall, Career Services Consultant at Fanshawe College, for more information.