YMCA of Greater Toronto Wins Top Employer Award for Young People

February 09, 2018

Today the YMCA of Greater Toronto (YMCA GTA) was named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People for the seventh consecutive year. This special designation recognizes employers who offer the best programs and initiatives to attract and retain younger workers just starting their careers.

The YMCA GTA provides employment opportunity for all youth, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, race, religion, income level, sexual orientation or ability. Whether it’s a high school student or a recent graduate, there are many reasons to work at the YMCA. Ensuring that a diverse range of training and development opportunities are accessible to young staff and volunteers is a key component in helping them succeed. From onboarding to unique learning opportunities – including international experiences and scholarships – there are many ways for youth to develop and grow.

The YMCA GTA is committed to programs that address the fundamental barriers challenging the healthy development of children, teens and young adults, including youth unemployment in the GTA, which is twice that of the general unemployment rate.

“It’s an honour to once again receive this award,” said Medhat Mahdy, President and CEO of YMCA GTA. “Creating positive opportunities for young people is at the core of our commitment to diversity, social inclusion, responding to community needs and to helping people of all ages across the GTA thrive.”

In 2017 the YMCA GTA provided 1,557 internships/co-op placements for young people under the age of 29 and hired 1,045 seasonal (summer) staff with the average age being 22.

Ken Zolotar started his career with the YMCA years ago, as a young person supporting other youth in the Summer Works Student Exchanges program. “I feel strongly that the YMCA truly invests in young staff,” he says. “I have been grateful for the professional development opportunities to further my education through language training and youth focused coaching workshops.”

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is incredibly fortunate to be able to benefit from the skills and contributions of all our young staff and volunteers, as well as from the experience and engagement of their mentors and employees of all ages.

Read the blog postRead the Linkedin postLearn more about this award

For more information contact:
Deane Code, Veritas Communications/YMCA of Greater Toronto
E: code@veritasinc.com | T: 416-640-4661 | M: 416-732-4835 

Kassandra O’Brien, Veritas Communications/YMCA of Greater Toronto
E: obrien@veritasinc.com | T: 416-482-2617 | M: 289-264-6499