Cheque for $10,000 is presented by RBC to the Municipality of North Cowichan. From left are: Veena Sidhu, Community Manager for Cowichan Valley RBC; Laura McIntyre, North Cowichan’s Youth Outreach Programmer in the Parks and Recreation department; Martin Thibodeau, Regional President of RBC for B.C.; and Jonathan Do, Regional Vice-President of North Vancouver Island for RBC. (Photo submitted)

Youth For Community team to assist seniors in need in North Cowichan

Funding will allow first steps toward employment to be made

North Cowichan’s Youth for Community team is back in action this summer, looking for seniors who might need a hand with household chores.

Thanks to a generous donation from RBC’s Future Launch program, Youth Outreach is once again able to give local youth their first steps to employment.

The program will employ youth aged 12-18 years in Crofton and Chemainus who have regularly participated in our youth outreach programs,” explained the municipality’s Youth Outreach Programmer, Laura McIntyre. “Our youth team’s primary focus this summer will be to assist seniors within the community with pre-arranged tasks.”

Need weeds pulled? Plants watered? A little bit of painting done? Other household chores starting to pile up? This dedicated crew is willing to knock those off your to-do list.

The service is absolutely free to seniors in need, while youth will earn a wage funded through RBC’s Future Launch program.

“When experience is so important to getting a job, but so hard to come by, young people are left feeling uncertain about their futures in the new world of work,” noted Mark Beckles, Senior Director, Youth Strategy and Innovation, RBC. “We hope that through our partnership with North Cowichan on our RBC Future Launch initiative, we can help young people get those all-important first jobs and break the ‘no experience, no job’ cycle.”

While at work, the Youth for Community participants will be mentored and supervised by the program coordinator,” McIntyre added. “Youth participating in the program will have the opportunity to gain employment experience and on the job skills and participate in a variety of employment workshops throughout the summer.

Youth for Community is set to begin July 2. For more information, contact Laura McIntyre at 250-246-4217.

Just Posted

Coroner’s report confirms suicide in Kilmer case

2018 disappearance sparked massive search

Routley says Crofton Road work will be completed in 2020

The MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan says it’s a top priority

Sizzling season starts with Summer Fest celebrations in Chemainus

Rotary Club event features plenty of food, entertainment and a parade

Memorial Midget C Hockey Tournament supports Puska

Ladysmith man in need of a kidney transplant receiving abundant financial contributions

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Victoria mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of coroners inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

B.C. church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Delta’s Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

Update: Two shot, two arrested at Toronto Raptors victory rally

The team and several dignitaries, including Justin Trudeau, remained on stage

Most Read