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2008 Annual Report dreaming a brighter tomorrow

Living a nightmare

president’s message


his year YES celebrates our 40th birthday. That’s forty years of dreaming a brighter future, helping our clients turn young dreams into their realities. When The Rotary Club of Toronto started YES in 1968 to help disadvantaged and vulnerable youth find jobs, they couldn’t have chosen a better name: Youth Employment Services YES. It’s powerful and positive. Nor could they have imagined that 40 years later their creation would not only continue to strive, but would still make a magnificent difference in the lives of so many young people. In forty years we have grown. In 1968, our founding year, we helped 100 young people from one downtown location. Last year over 8,000 participated in our programs from five locations around the city, with an incredible 80% success rate. Over our 40 years as service providers we’ve pioneered new, innovative programs that stay in touch with the problems and challenges that youth face daily. For example last year 14% of our young people were street involved, lived in shelters, group homes, and had unstable living conditions. In response we developed the Streets to Jobs program funded by the City of Toronto. We say YES to helping youth off the streets or out of crime and into jobs. Thanks to grants from foundations and individuals we also launched the Empowering Youth to Empower Seniors (e-yes) program in the past year. In this new program, young people teach seniors computer skills. We partnered with St. Clair West Seniors who share a building with us near Keele and Eglinton. The program empowers youth to discover and believe in their skills and demonstrate they can contribute to

society. With newly found self confidence and empowerment it then becomes easier to place young people into jobs. Partnerships with the private sector continue to grow and expand also. Most recently, Manulife and YES have teamed up to deliver a summer jobs program to the youth living in St. James Town, Canada’s most densely populated urban neighbourhood. Can we help youth off the streets and out of crime? Can we help those confronted with other disadvantages and barriers to finding employment? Can we play our part in building safer communities? yes we can. We worked with 1,000 employers last year and we placed 1,200 young people in jobs. Those significant numbers prove that we help youth and that our programs contribute to the economic health of our City. Our research indicates that if the 1,200 youth who found jobs at YES last year had stayed on the job for one year, they would have contributed $840,000 to Revenue Canada. The return on investment speaks for itself. While it costs almost $100,000 a year to incarcerate a youth, or $50,000 to provide shelter for him or her, it costs YES only $1,500 to get a youth a job. It makes good economic sense to help youth now rather than pay the higher costs of social assistance, incarceration, health care and other social programs later on. Canada is facing huge labour shortages, so helping our young people is not only the right thing to do, it is what we must do. Immigration cannot address this challenge alone. Canadians are having fewer babies, suggesting there are fewer youth today than when YES started in 1968. But those young people flock to our major cities to find a future. This just strengthens our belief that

every young person’s future counts. There is more of a need for Youth Employment Services YES today than ever before. Our successes during the past 40 years are exceptional but we haven’t accomplished them on our own. We do it everyday with the help of our community partners, volunteers, and the financial support of the government and private sector, our board of directors and staff. We are grateful for all their collaboration and support. Special thanks to Service Canada, the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities and the City of Toronto. Particular thanks go to our outgoing Chairman of the Board, Hugh Rennie. Under Hugh’s energetic and able leadership we have continued to advance YES as an International Centre of Excellence in Youth Employment and Empowerment. It’s been a remarkable 40 year journey… but what about our future? We shall vigorously pursue our mission. Wherever there is a young person in need of support and help, wherever there are young people who need help to find employment, YES will be there. We’ll continue to innovate our programming; we’ll keep building places of trust and caring; we shall empower youth to be the masters of their destiny; and we will decisively put youth employment and empowerment on the national agenda to build healthy and safe communities. yes we can.

Nancy Schaefer President, Youth Employment Services YES

Canada’s disadvantaged and vulnerable youth are in crisis. Out of school and out of work, many feel they are out of options, and resort to crime, violence, gangs, and drugs in the absence of alternatives. Recent estimates suggest that 66,000 young people find themselves living in poverty on Canadian streets at some point during any given year.1 That’s the equivalent of 50 average Toronto high schools. Toronto shelter use data shows that youth are one of the fastest growing groups of homeless.2 As more than half of Canadian street youth spend time in jail,3 YES recognizes that these youth are particularly vulnerable to making bad choices, and may not know how to get back on the right path. Their hopes of a better life quickly fade, like the fabric of a forgotten dream.

66,000 homeless youth across Canada. 1


unemployment rate among young dropouts. 5

Denied access to stable living conditions and other necessities of childhood, many disadvantaged youth fail to complete high school, and as a result, can’t secure gainful employment or relevant experience. There are over 200,000 high school dropouts across the country who are under 24 years old.4 As the unemployment rate for these youth is 19%, double that of all 20–24 year olds (10%), and four-times as high as the national average (5.4%),5 YES believes these youth are in dire need of support. Some of these youth may have stopped dreaming of better days to come, but we firmly believe most simply don’t realize their dreams can come true with a bit of help. These youth need someone to believe in them before they can believe in themselves.


employable youth are out of school & work in Toronto. 4

352,000 employable youth are out of school & work in Canada. 4

Sources: 1 CBC, The Fifth Estate. “No Way Home.” 2 City of Toronto, Housing and Homelessness Report Card. 2003. htm 3 Jean Dupuis, Governemnt of Canada Economics Division. “Homelessness: The U.S. and Canadian Experience.” 12 September 2003. htm. 4 Statistics Canada 2006 Census, 5 “Young dropouts” refers to youth between 20-24 years old without intention to return to school. Statistics Canada. Canada’s Changing Labour Force 2006 Census. Catalogue no. 97-559, pp. 15.

helping youth off the ground YES believes that employment is empowerment and the cornerstone of safe and healthy communities. YES leads the Canadian youth sector with innovative programs that empower disadvantaged and vulnerable youth to become selfsufficient contributing members of society. When young people are given the chance to realize their potential, to make their dreams of success their reality, the results are safer, healthier communities. YES understands the critical issues facing youth today, and that finding work is a vital step in overcoming many of these. We

have seen that employment is empowerment for our clients, and not merely because so many of them secure work or training opportunities through our programs and services. YES clients learn to be empowered, productive members of society, as they leave with renewed selfconfidence in their potential. Making a positive difference in young people’s lives is YES’s priority, but we are no less committed to engaging the community at large on the importance of youth employment. We are dedicated advocates for youth employment as a national public policy priority.

program spotlight:

streets to jobs The focus of the Streets to Jobs (STJ) project is to help homeless youth overcome the primary barriers to employment that keep them out of work. YES provides pre-employment training, job search assistance and job development services. The program enrolls 60 youth, all of whom acquire the skills they need to re-integrate into community life, attain self-sufficiency and increase participation in society. Youth are targeted by a dedicated YES staff member, who seeks them out in shelters and group homes through outreach activities that link them to Youth Employment Services YES. This ensures those most in need of the program find out about it, enroll, and are given the chance to succeed.

The project provides counselling, case management, intelligent referrals, life skills and job development, and access to subsidized work placements. It helps homeless youth move to permanent housing and financial self-sufficiency by promoting access and, importantly, by building their self-esteem. Employers are also targeted by program staff, bridging a gap between these youth and employment in the community. By further providing follow up support to youth three months after program completion, STJ helps ensure these youth remain on the right track to success.


of YES clients haven’t finished high school. 1


of YES clients face many barriers to employment. 2

83.6% of YES clients find work or job training. 3

Notes: 1 ”Clients” here includes only those who enrolled in at least one YES program in the past fiscal year. 2 “many barriers” include criminal record, 26+ weeks out of work, no previous job experience, language difficulty, and other factors. 3 Reflects “positive outcome (ETI)” at completion of YES program.

our progams

program spotlight:


YES has a rich history of innovative programming. Programs and services are regularly adapted to changing social and labour conditions in order to ensure continued success in delivery and execution. Our current programs reveal the depth of these innovations through their diversity:

We were thrilled to launch a new program this year: e-YES (Empowering Youth Empowering Seniors). It benefits youth in need of work experience and soft skill development by providing a unique opportunity to assist seniors looking to improve their computer skills. e-YES is a cross-generational computer learning project, which partners with a local senior services organization in Toronto — St. Clair West for Seniors. Youth stand to receive positive references and employment experience after teaching a small group of seniors basic computers skills, including how to navigate the web and manage email systems.

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The cross-generational component of the program supports two generations in a mutually beneficial environment, thereby reducing stigma and discrimination between the two. As a strategic initiative, this project has been designed to help bridge an enormous gap between two generations, and offers both groups the chance to feel empowered and gratified for their time and effort. For many youth participants, e-YES serves as an introduction to the intrinsic rewards of teaching, where they discover the gratification of a respectful audience, and of making a meaningful contribution to someone else’s success. This renewed self-worth encourages participants to aim for that level of success in all aspects of their lives. For the seniors, the program encourages empowerment by providing the skills to better access information and communication via the world wide web. As an initiative addressing systemic change, the cross generational computer learning project provides tools and resources to two marginalized communities, helping them overcome adversity and discover renewed selfempowerment and independence.

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Job Connect employment planning and preparation services job development placement support resource and phone centre job maintenance

Summer Job Service / Student Services • summer job placement opportunities • access to part-time jobs • pre-employment training in high schools Job Camp • five-week, full-time, intensive employability and life skills group program BizStart • training and counselling for youth committed to starting their own business • new business incubation Youth Collaboration • assessment, counselling/case management and employment preparation for unemployed youth • French services • in partnership with other youth training agencies

Bloor-Dundas Employment Centre • self-service resource centre • staff-assisted employment resource Entry Point • job development and preemployment services to students and recent graduates with disabilities Reconnect to Employment • assessment, case management, employment preparation for youth and adults Ontario Work Program • employment planning and preparation • career exploration Youth Job Centre – Job Central • full service youth employment centre at Keele and Eglinton Job Reach • (see program spotlight, right) G.R.E.A.T. Grads • six-month subsidized job placements for eleven postsecondary graduates in knowledgebased economy Streets to Jobs • (see program spotlight, p. 5) e-YES • (see program spotlight, left) Summer Company • start-up summer business assistance for youth starting their own company • hands-on business training

government support

program spotlight:

JOB REACH Job Reach is a YES program in partnership with the Broad Reach Foundation for Youth Leaders. The program is targeted for disadvantaged and vulnerable youth. It combines training in practical skills that youth need to better identify, secure, and maintain employment with concurrent exposure to the rigors and rewards of sailing, promoting the “soft skills” that go a long way to ensure success in work and beyond. Striking such an exciting and novel balance between life skills training and employment management is what makes Job Reach so unique, and so successful. The five-week intensive program alternates between a classroom and a sailboat, concluding with counsellor-supported job searching. The classroom lessons offer structured preemployment skills workshops, and the sailboat offers experiential education, or opportunities to better understand and later meet employer expectations. The innovative partnership between YES and Broad Reach ensures successful program execution and results. Broad Reach offers the only program for disadvantaged youth in Toronto that can deliver such broad skill development through the life-changing experience of sailing aboard a 40-foot racing yacht. With on-shore and on-water programs based out of the National Yacht Club on Toronto Centre Island, participants learn leadership essentials, teamwork strategies, and the basics of large-boat seamanship. Through its partnerships with other youthserving agencies and sponsors throughout the Toronto area, Broad Reach has introduced sailing and life-skills education to over 300 young people with economic, social, and physical barriers since 1999. The objective of the program is to create the conditions for vulnerable youth to become successful in securing meaningful and substantive employment.

Funding for YES programs is generously provided by the following levels of government.

Launched Canada’s first specialized youth employment and counselling centre with resounding success.

1960 Helped other organizations across Ontario to open new youth employment centres. Provided training for the staff at these new provincial centres.

Started with wage subsidy programs for employers Developed first pre-employment training program for youth. Wrote the teacher’s training manual for the Toronto District School Board to deliver pre-employment training to students.


Opened Canada’s first Youth Business Centre to help youth who want to start their own business Priority given to staff training to work with at-risk youth


Enhanced programs for homeless youth

Started an adult division, after being asked by the City of Toronto to deliver successful programming to adults.



Established connections with employers who hire YES youth

The number of new Canadian youth increased. Program adaptations to meet these needs.

Added Life Skills training and computer training for youth in addition to employment.

YES becomes an award winning organization by the Ministry of Training, College and Universities for the Job Connect program.



Four decades of building & responding to dreams, changing lives... forever Built a database of hundreds of employers in order to place youth in jobs.

Open another office location at Keele and Eglinton to better help the youth living in an under-serviced neighbourhood. National activity

Expansion takes place. New YES offices open in other locations in Toronto. Empowerment programs are added to enhance employability of youth (e.g. Job Reach, e-YES)

Job Camp program launched to help the most disadvantaged and marginalized youth in Toronto. A five week intensive job placement, training and empowerment program.

President Nancy Schaefer writes two books to help youth find a job or start their own business

Auditors’ Report to the Board of Directors We have audited the statement of financial position of Youth Employment Services YES as at March 31, 2008 and the statements of operations and changes in fund balance of the Operating Fund and the Special Projects Fund for the year then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the organization’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.

the stuff of dreams

We conducted our audit in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing standards. Those standards require that we plan and perform an audit to obtain reasonable assurance whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. In our opinion, these financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the organization as at March 31, 2008 and the results of its operations for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles.

Chartered Accountants, Licensed Public Accountants, May 16, 2008


This past year YES played host to a number of exciting and energized events. Our fifth annual artwork gala, YESinDEED5, exceeded our attendance and fundraising goals. We were also pleased so many familiar faces could join us at our fortieth anniversary celebration in May. We look forward to seeing you all again at YESinDEED6 (October 21, 2008) and at other future events.

Statement of Operation and Changes in Fund Balance – Operating Fund Revenue:



$ 2,301,000 440,476 490,963 390,303 364,172 80,217 18,905

$ 2,013,000 440,476 473,182 427,261 286,940 70,029 8,807

436,846 263,266 449,036 –

278,128 264,997 421,247 49,718

Interest Income Amortization of deferred contributions 5

94,851 27,424 7,280 107,487

78,252 – 4,293 103,273

total revenue:



Participants’ stipends, training allowance and benefits Staff salaries and benefits Program operating costs Amortization of leasehold improvements and equipment Other expenses

1,459,636 2,835,651 901,349 107,487 169,546

1,289,839 2,585,471 885,234 103,273 149,814

total expenses:



Shortfall of revenue over expenses before the undernoted items Less deferred revenue from mtcu10 Less deferred revenue from City of Toronto10 Less deferred funding for leasehold improvements and equipment6

(1,443) (30,675) (17,354) (73,367)

(94,028) (29,699) – (117,750)

Excess of expenses over revenue Operating Fund deficiency, beginning of year Transfer from Special Projects Fund6, 8

(122,839) (8,031) 123,856

(241,477) (9,462) 242,908

Operating Fund deficiency, end of year

$ (7,014)

$ (8,031)

provincial government

Job Connect Summer Jobs Service sjs Employment Resource Centre erc3 Reconnect xceed / xcell 3 Job Camp3 Entry Point Summer Company federal government

Job Central Youth Collaboration BizStart Great Grads city of toronto

Toronto Social Services (Ontario Works) Streets to Jobs


Photography by Marta Green and Danijela Pruginic.

The full set of YES Financial Statements for the year ending March 31, 2007 is available for review upon request

Corporate sponsors Platinum


Sponsorship has been critical to YES’ success. We are proud to have a dedicated group of individuals and corporations that see the need to help vulnerable and disadvantaged youth find employment. It is this corporate generosity and support that enables YES to continue to provide essential programs and services that help build a healthy future for our youth, and a healthy future for our communities. Please support our sponsors.




Artwork Gala event sponsors

Wrigley Canada Foundation JP Bickell Foundation

job camp program sponsor e-yes program sponsor

job camp program sponsor

Silver entrepreneurship program sponsor

$5,000.00+ Ozery Pita Break Inc.

The Marjorie & Joseph Wright Memorial Foundation job camp program sponsor

Raptors Foundation


$1,000.00+ CIBC GlaxoSmithKline Inc.


$999 or less Elite Designed Concrete Minden Gross LLP Food Focus Hollywood Gelato

job reach program sponsor

Nixon Charitable Foundation Pioneer Petroleums Children’s Foundation Fund

For Simple Printing / Screening and Embroidery Purporse

title sponsor

private donors Patrons





John Cook Hugh & Janice Rennie Deborah Barrett David L. Yu Shane Ruman Elizabeth Oakes Edward Caffyn An Richardson Alon Ozery William Humphries James Pitblado Lucinda & John Flemer Donald Wright Sr. Joan Prior

John R. Currie Robert & Judith Kanee John Heeney Ross G. Amos Nancy Schaefer Susan Harrington J. Douglas Grant Patricia E. Wright YES Staff Fun Raising

Lynda Bell Paula Butterfield Amy Hanen Vicki McKinnon Mary McPherson Susie Belton Michael Nadler Robert C. Tedford Edward V. & Anne Sado Ian Van C. McLachlin Robert Martin L. Faye Stephenson David V. Love Ian Sinclair J. Allan Boyle John Snyder William Sutton Nick Villani Sarah Wright William G. Macrae Andrew Smith John Robertson Eileen Farrow Pauline Hill Susan Shirriff J.T. Kennish Janet L. Dalicandro Michael B. & Lynn Cooke Christine Kao

Colin L. Campbell Ron Latvanen John E. Carr Robert Lee Beverly Topping Rodney Hull Vicki Hand Will Andrew Pat Davidson Norma Penner John-Frederick H. Cameron K.R.B MacDonald Lawrence Ward Nancy Tucker Paulette Moser Susan Sisam Carol Lome Nancy Young Richard Brown Katherine V. Ristic Ian Pearson Sally Forrest David Dimmer Gordon C. Shaw Michelle Massie Brian and Joyce Westlake Michael H. Morgan Chand Chandaria Donald A. Carman

Chiara Switzer Rosalind Waxman Robert Cobham James B. Kutcy Gary R. Reid Anthony J. Frost David Mills J. Paul Mills Ronald Rudan Paul J. Westlake Sinead McCarthy Anonymous Helen Holtby Murray Herst Sam Otukol Janet Delevie Eleanor Barker Roman & Sandy Niemy Linda Armstrong Wendy Weaver Judith Bannister Matt Shoom-Kirsch Patrick E. Kierans Carolyn F. Swadron Alexander Rankin Judy Godfrey Amutha Vipulananda





$99 or less

staff Patrick Antonik Haider Ashraf Oumou Bah Oneshea Balasal Jacqueline Beckford Joanna Bendayan Jaimie Bondy Stephanie Boudreault Kate Boyle DiAnne Brooks Sonia Buchanan John-Frederick H. Cameron Shirley Chen Mahnaz Chinoy Romanita Ciobanu Kim Cobitz Lyncia Constantine Michael Cress Krysta-Lee Deabreu Donovan Dill Margaret DouglasCampbell Bailey Duller Naomi Dyon Shoshana Fainsilber Jennifer Fergus Stacey Ferguson Amie Fisher Nicole Gauthier Melanie Gorlicky Ian Greenwood Maimuna Hassan Natasha Heckley Jorge Henriques Rosa Henriquez Monica Hernandez Nalini Iype Karim Javeri Mary-Ann Johnson Maria Jordan-Barzaga Raymond Ju

Christine Kao Daniel Kennedy Jen Keystone Mona Khan Nicki LaJoie Brenda Lehman Leticia Lemus Ursula Leonowicz Michael Louca Sinead McCarthy Lauren McConnell Valerie McIntosh Kalisha Merraro Craig Milson Souhair Musa Karthi Naguleswaran Rachelle Ng Kate Oostrom Nancy Pacheco Whitney Pyper Michael Raymond Sarah Rudge Christina Santiago Nancy Schaefer Sunny Shao Julia Shymanski Jayne Simpson Latoya Simpson Rozy Singh Marie-Louise Soulodre Kamla Sudama Latoya Tasich Arran Tyre Amutha Vipulananda Courtney Walker Kerry Warne Lavel Williams Adey Worku Elaine Yang Stephanie Zacharkiw Paul Zepp

Back left to right: Robert Kanee, Joan Prior, John Heeney, An Richardson, Ed Caffyn, Melissa Nixon, Hugh Rennie, Deb Barrett, John-Frederick H. Cameron, Alon Ozery.

Message from the chair

Front left to right: Ross Amos, Beth Oakes, Nancy Schaefer, David Yu. Absent: Nick Vaney

Board of Directors chair

vice chair


Hugh Rennie Chair Executive Committee Communications Consultant Beth Oakes, cmc Executive Vice President, DHR International

An Richardson Chair Event Planning Committee Ed Caffyn Vice President, Account Planner, BBDO Toronto

Ross Amos Chair Audit & Investment Committee

Joan Prior, ba , llb Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Scotiabank

John W. Heeney Chair Governance and Nominating Committee Management Consultant

Alon Ozery Owner, Ozery Pita Break

Deb Barrett Vice President Finance, The Woodbridge Company Limited David L.H. Yu, cfa Senior Consultant, AON Consulting Melissa Nixon Lawyer Nick Vaney CFO, Nightingale

Robert Kanee bsc, mba, ca, icdd President, Norcount Corporation

Senior Management

advisory council

Nancy Schaefer President

Eric Barton, cm , ba Chairman & CEO, Miller Dallas

John-Frederick H. Cameron Vice President Development & Communications

Mark Breslin Founder & CEO, Yuk Yuk’s

Margaret Douglas-Campbell Vice President Youth Programs Sinead McCarthy Vice President Administration

Hon. Justice Colin Campbell Superior Court Justice, Ontario Gerlinde Herrmann President, The Herrmann Group & Past President, HRPAO David Latimer Director, Camp Kilco Community Life, Greenwood College

Donald Lindsay President & CEO, Teck Cominco Ltd.

John Stackhouse Editor, Business Section Globe and Mail

Patricia Lovett-Reid Senior Vice-President TD Waterhouse Inc.

Alex Tilley Owner & CEO, Tilley Endurables

Dr. William Macrae Ophthalmologist

Beverly Topping President & CEO, Institute of Corporate Directors

Charles Pachter, cm Artist Anne Sado President, George Brown College

Bob Wright Deputy Chairman, Teck Cominco Ltd.

Charitable Registration Number: 83275 6720 RR0001 YES believes that employment is empowerment and the cornerstone of safe and healthy communities. YES leads the Canadian youth sector with innovative programs that empower disadvantaged and vulnerable youth to become self-sufficient contributing members of society. Youth Employment Services YES 555 Richmond St. W., Suite 711, Box 115 Toronto ON M5V 3B1 Tel: 416–504–5516 x 230 Fax: 416–504–3714

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