TORONTO, May 14, 2014 /CNW/ - What was your first job? This question is
the foundation of the Ready Aim Hire campaign, an initiative of a group of student volunteers at Centennial
College's Story Arts Centre. A campaign for youth, by youth and about youth, Ready Aim Hire aims to start a conversation about the important issue of youth
unemployment in Ontario, especially among youth facing multiple
Using the full range of interactive story-telling techniques taught at
the Story Arts Centre - from video to social media to event management - the students tell stories about transformative opportunities.
Interviewing youth who have faced multiple barriers - such as lack of
support systems, low income and racial discrimination - the students
reveal powerful and inspiring stories about first or pivotal jobs,
about how a single opportunity changed a life.
"The campaign reflects the importance of student participation in
finding a solution," says Nick Cahill, student co-chair. "These issues
affect us directly."
Submit your story
The students' work is on readyaimhire.me. To keep the conversation going, Ready Aim Hire is asking for submissions - in any medium - about success stories that
resulted from a first job or opportunity. "We hope to demonstrate to
employers that it is youth's determination to succeed and the ability
to learn new skills that make a valued employee," says Cahill.
"Working as a group from various programs, including corporate
communications and public relations, film, journalism, music and
graphic design, we learned not only about the value of collaboration,
but also about taking an active role in social issues impacting our
demographic," says Mary-Ellen Rayner, a PR student and volunteer
co-chair. "Throughout our eight-month experience we wanted to put a
human face on youth unemployment and the barriers facing young people
hoping to gain entry to the labour market."
About the Project
Ready Aim Hire is an initiative of Project Fusion, a volunteer collaboration between
students at Centennial College's Story Arts Centre. The project is
supported by the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, youth focused
non-profit Youth in Motion, and Centennial College's Global Citizenship
and Equity Learning Experience (GCELE).
Call to Action
You're invited: Ready Aim Hire: The Talk event to be held June 4 at 6 p.m. at Story Arts Centre, timed to be an
Ready Aim Hire: The Call: Share your first job story at readyaimhire.me
SOURCE: Centennial College
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