YES December Newsletter 2015-12-14

The YES December Newsletter comes packed with information including what's new and exciting at YES including the launch of the Winter/Spring 2016 Program Book, three new projects: Silver Linings, Community Talks and The Human Library, our annual Direct Mail Fundraising Campaign, our Client of the Month : Claudia Poulin and Dominic Dubé from Evive Smoothie, YES in the News and more!

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In this issue:
We want to hear from you!
*NEW* Winter/Spring 2016 Program Book & Community Portal
We launched our annual fundraising campaign
*NEW* Youth Voices: Community Talks Employment 

*NEW* Silver Linings: New and experienced
storytellers wanted!

*NEW* Access YES the Human Library
Client of the Month: Claudia Poulin & Dominic Dubé 
YES in the news: Global's feature on Community Talks Video Booth 
Did you know?
December/January Workshops 

 


 
FOLLOW US     
YES IS CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF SERVICE AND WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
 
This year, YES celebrates 20 years of service to you, our clients and the community at large. 

DO HAVE A MEMORY TO SHARE? Whether you recently began using our services or are a long-time supporter, we’d love to hear from you.  If our services have helped you in any way, whether in the past 20 years, 20 months or 20 days - please let us know at info@yesmontreal.ca

JOIN US ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH, where we will take the opportunity to thank our network of donors, sponsors & volunteers and acknowledge the successes over the years.  

The Open House is a great way to meet our staff, tour the centre and learn what YES has to offer you!

 

 
GET INFORMED, GET INSPIRED, GET AHEAD: HERE'S HOW!
 
Starting your job search? Growing your business? Want to earn a living from your art?

Sign up or log into our Community Portal to get access to exclusive videos and documents including 
our new Winter/Spring 2016 Program Book.


 
WE'VE LAUNCHED OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
 
In today’s economic climate, we all know that finding both secure and fulfilling work can be a challenging process and emotionally draining. This past year alone, 4,800 talented individuals walked through the doors of YES looking for career or business guidance to navigate through these rough waters.

Many of you may still be weathering this storm and we are here to help.

For those who have emerged on the other side and found clearer skies, please help us to help those who are still working towards that goal.

If you are in a position to make a pledge, a donation of any amount helps and we would greatly appreciate your support.  Please join us in this effort by making a gift to help at least one more young person succeed.
 
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. 
YES is a proud member of Imagine Canada's Ethical Code Program. As a member, YES meets donor expectations and complies with the Code's fundraising and financial accountability standards.
 
 
 
COMMUNITY TALKS EMPLOYMENT: MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
 
Each person experiences the path to employment differently
and we want to hear your story! 


Over the next few months, we will be exploring, documenting and sharing
the voices of young people from across Quebec.

If you want to tell us about your experiences and help bring attention to youth employment issues, visit our video booth 
located at the YES Centre or at a regiona
l partner's office near you.

You can also visit our website to find out how you can submit your own video.


New videos will be released every week. 
The full playlist can be found on our YouTube page.


Click below to hear what youth are telling us about thier experiences looking for work.
 

Another way to get involved!
 
You can also make your voice heard by taking our online survey. We will use the information to create awareness about youth employment issues in the province and work toward improving employment services.
 
 
If you are an employer - we would also like to hear from you!

Have your say here!
 
TAKE PART IN OUR SILVER LININGS VIDEO PROJECT 
 
Will you join us in our Silver Linings Video Project?
 
We've embarked on an exciting project to develop a series of short videos that highlight people who have overcome professional setbacks and reinvented themselves for the better.

Have you experienced professional setbacks or other obstacles that have become steppingstones to later success?

Were there unexpected career changes you’d like to share that led you to new, better opportunities? 

If so, 
we want to hear your story!

 
Send us a short description of a moment when you’ve had to handle a surprising career twist, how you coped and how you turned your setback into success. If your story fits our criteria, you may be selected to be part of the videos we’re putting together. Contributors must be willing to sit down for a video interview if their story is selected.
 
To submit your Silver Linings story, fill in the form by clicking here.

STAY TUNED: Next week we will launch our first video of the series.

Keep up to date on all our videos by subscribing to our YouTube page.

 
 
 NEW HUMAN LIBRARY: TAP INTO THE WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE OF OUR VOLUNTEERS
 
Have questions about your career or business?

Browse our online database of specialists from a variety of different professions
and industries 
and connect one-on-one for business or career development advice.  


Ready to get started? It's free!

Job Seekers click here
Entrepreneurs click here
Artists click here

 
MEET OUR CLIENT OF THE MONTH: CLAUDIA POULIN & DOMINIC DUBÉ 
 
YES Regional Clients Claudia Poulin and Dominic Dubé launched Evive Smoothie in May 2015 and it all began from the basic premise that they loved smoothies but didn’t always have the time nor the organic ingredients on hand to make that ideal shake. Out of that simple need, Claudia and Dominic came up with the idea to sell the mixture pre-made and frozen into small, individual cubes.  “That concept was really helpful for us, personally,” Claudia says.  “And at that point, we quickly realized lots of people shared the desire for an organic and efficient alternative to what was already available in the market.” 

Dominic had just finished his studies in Mechanical Engineering and Claudia was completing her Masters in Psychoeducation (both at Sherbrooke University), so the timing was perfect for them to turn their business idea into a reality. “The first thing we did was contact YES and take advantage of their Entrepreneurship Program,” Dominic says. “We sat down with our business coach Elizabeth Araujo. She helped us with our business plan and to connect with potential partners.  She also referred us to be part of the Montreal Startup Challenge in which we secured a $10,000 Marketing campaign with MTL Blog!''.  Dominic and Claudia have also made use of YES’ Human Library initiative and will be receiving mentorship services in the new year.

The mission behind Evive Smoothie is to offer high-quality food products that can be quickly and efficiently prepared. This allows people to eat organic, vegan and well-balanced food without taking time out of their busy schedules. “We genuinely think that good health starts with good nutrition and we want to change people’s lives by changing what they eat,” Claudia says. “Big THANKS to YES for helping us to reach our goals and dreams!”
 
Evive Smoothie's products are currently available in grocery stores in Sherbrooke and Magog and starting January 2016, they will be lining the shelves of select Montreal health food markets. 
 
Find them at www.evivesmoothie.com and on facebook
 
YES IN THE NEWS: FEATURE ON COMMUNITY TALKS VIDEO BOOTH 
 

Our Career Advisor Stephanie Zacharkiw drops by Global Montreal's Morning News to talk about our exciting Community Talks Employment Project.

Watch the video by clicking here.

Ready to make your own video? 
Here's how >>> http://bit.ly/communitytalks

For more videos, tips and tricks, click here to subscribe to our Youtube channel or sign up and log into our new Community Portal. 

DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • The YES centre is open, free of charge, to everyone on a drop-in basis from Monday to Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM for use of the computers, phone, internet, Wi-Fi, fax machine and  resource library.
  • We offer one-on-one support to: entrepreneurs (all ages), job-seekers (ages 16-35 years), artists (all ages), as well as a Mentorship Program.
  • Many of our workshops and services are offered online - for a complete listing of all our programs and workshops, click here to view our Winter/Spring 2016 Program Book.
  • We have a  Job Board on our website where you can view online job postings. You can apply for these postings by visiting the centre at 666 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 700, during normal business hours (Mon-Fri 9-5).
For information and updates, visit our website at www.yesmontreal.ca
DECEMBER/JANUARY WORKSHOPS
 
Jump Start Your Job Search  Information Session
(Free workshop)
Tuesdays & Fridays
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Register here
Résumé Workshop 
(Free workshop)
Mon, Dec 14
10:00am-12:00pm

Register here
Self Assessment
(Free workshop)
Wed, Jan 6
10:00am-12:00pm
Jump Start Your Business
& Financing Options 
(Free workshop)
(Handouts $2)
Wednesdays
2:00pm-3:30pm
Register here


 
Registering Your Business 
(Free workshop)
Mon, Dec 14
3:30pm-4:30pm
Register here
Interview Workshop
(Free workshop)
Mon, Jan 11
10:00am-12:00pm
One-on-One Business 
Coaching Consult 
(
Free service)**
Tuesdays & Fridays:
12:00pm-1:00pm

Wednesdays: 3:30pm-4:30pm

 
One-on-One Artist Coaching Consult
Tues, Dec 15
12:00pm-1:00pm
French for Job Seekers
($75.00)
Tuesdays & Fridays
9:00am-12:00pm
Session 1: Jan 19 - Feb 12
Group Coaching for Artists 
(Free service)*
Thursdays: 11:00am-12:30pm
Résumé Workshop 
(Free workshop)
Mon, Jan 4
10:00am-12:00pm

Register here
*NEW* Demystifying the Employment Relationship: A Guide for Employers & Employees 
Thurs, Jan 21
6:30pm-8:30pm
Register here

 
 
Click here to see the full calendar 
 
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR FUNDERS AND SUPPORTERS
 
 

 
THE BARWICK FAMILY FOUNDATION    THE JOHN DOBSON FOUNDATION     THE HAY FOUNDATION
THE HENRY AND BERENICE KAUFMANN FOUNDATION     THE PEACOCK FAMILY FOUNDATION
THE ROSSY FAMILY FOUNDATION     THE TAUBEN FOUNDATION    THE ZELLER FAMILY FOUNDATION   
CANDEREL 
 
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR MEDIA PARTNERS