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Local groups receive Linkages funding

Local initiatives were included in more than $1.5 million in project approvals for Linkages, a career and employment program to help young people succeed in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

The announcement was made by Gerry Byrne, Minister of Advanced Skills and Labour.

In this region, the Botwood Community Youth Network received $40,903 to support four participants; Exploit’s Community Association received $30,667 to fund three and Exploit’s YMCA was funded $40,903 for four positions.

“Through partnering with community organizations, Linkages is providing approximately 150 at-risk youth from diverse backgrounds the supports they need to succeed at work, school, and life,” said Byrne. “Young people succeed best when they receive support and encouragement, and a clearly demonstrated belief from others that obstacles, which life may place in their way, can be overcome. That is what the Linkages program is all about.”

Funded through the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, in partnership with non-profit community-based agencies, Linkages assists young people who have challenges transitioning from school into the labour force. With a focus on youth who are non-Employment Insurance eligible, Linkages aims to help individuals return to school to further their education; enter skills training; continue employment; or pursue self-employment.

Linkages offers participants a 26-week paid employment placement; bi-weekly career planning workshops; and a completion bonus. For more information on the Linkages program, please visit:

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