Youth Eco Internship Program

Youth Eco Internship Program (via the YMCA of Greater Toronto)
*Specifically, but not exclusively, looking for St. John’s, NL based Eco-organizations to participate.

The Youth Eco Internship Program (YEIP) gives professionals in the Eco/Green sector a chance to help youth with barriers to education under the age of 30, build skills, develop confidence and benefit from the guidance and support of a workplace mentor. Prior to their internships, the selected youth will participate in a 3 week pre-employment training at their respective YMCA, to help them gain essential tools needed to be successful in their internships. They will be compensated for their time during those 3 weeks. Internships are offered in both official languages, are full-time and practical with broadly based assignments that help a motivated person develop transferable skills needed to be successful. The 12 week internship program provides a subsidy reimbursement of the respective province’s minimum wage, for up to 37.5 hours per week, plus 4% vacation pay as well as MERCs to eligible employers/host organizations. The ultimate objective is to help youth with barriers to education find permanent employment in the Green/Eco sector following this internship program.

To participate, employers must:
· have been in operation for a minimum of 2 years;
· have a minimum of 5 full-time employees (though some flexibility);
· provide proof of, WSIB (Worker’s Safety and Insurance Board) or equivalent, and a minimum of $2 million general liability insurance;
· and must work in the Green/Eco Sector or contribute to environmental sustainability as an organization.

If interested or for more information about the program, requirements for employers, etc. please contact 


YMCA contact in Toronto:
Jesse Abell
Bilingual Job Developer, Youth Eco Internship Program
YMCA of Greater Toronto
2200 Yonge Street, Unit 300, Toronto, ON   M4S 2C6
T: 416-928-3362 e 22629  F: 647-439-4502 E:

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