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Youth internships (YI) at community access sites are coordinated by Industry Canada and are funded through the Canada's Youth Employment Strategy which is overseen by Employment and Social Development Canada. The internships are intended to provide employment opportunities for young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30, primarily students, recent graduates, the underemployed and the unemployed.
Youth internships at community access sites help Canada create jobs and other social, educational and economic benefits associated with the expanded use of information and communications technology (ICT). The Youth Internship (YI) Program is integral to the Youth Employment Strategy, with ICT-related not-for-profit organizations providing job opportunities for over 1,000 young Canadians each year.
The YI Program is intended to provide Canadian youth with work experience and ICT skills to make them more productive and competitive in the knowledge economy and to encourage not-for-profit groups across Canada to develop and use ICT in their organizations.
The objectives of youth internships are
- to assist more young people in gaining the skills and experience needed to successfully transition into, and remain in, the labour force; and
- to encourage not-for-profit organizations across Canada to develop and apply ICT-related skills, knowledge and opportunities by helping them to create internship opportunities.
Youth interns work at community access sites across Canada helping individuals, community organizations and small businesses improve their knowledge and effective use of the Internet and related information technologies.
Specific activities may include
- delivering Internet training sessions
- researching and developing websites
- drafting publicity materials
- organizing information fairs and special events
- providing technical support to the community access site
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