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New community service program supports B.C. youth during COVID-19

Posted on June 29, 2020

On Monday June 29, the BC government announced new measures to help B.C. students access jobs and financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Communities around B.C. can apply to fund a community-service project of their choosing – like trail building, beach clean-up, invasive species removal, upgrading local parks, or working for a local charity. In turn, they provide skills and work experience to young people who are unemployed, between 15-29 years of age, through the project. 

“We recognize that COVID-19 continues to dramatically impact young people’s prospects for work, which they typically use to leverage future job prospects or to pay for their education or training,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “Now, more than ever, young people are looking for ways to support themselves, while giving back to their communities. Engaging in safe, physically distanced local projects is an incredible opportunity for young people to acquire new skills, earn money and contribute to building back an even better B.C.”  

Visit WorkBC to learn more about this provincial Youth Community Partnership program.