Youth Talks: (un)Employment

Mon, 16 January 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Sitting at 22%, Toronto's youth unemployment rate is higher than ever. Now, more than ever, we need a cohesive municipal strategy that supports, funds and encourages employment opportunities for youth.

The Toronto Youth Cabinet invites you to Youth Talks: (un)Employment, a public townhall that discusses the barriers facing youth today, and how we, as Torontonians, can advocate for greater access to employment services. Come learn about some Toronto-based programs that can enhance your professional experiences and skills, and speak first hand to our three expert panelists, that know a thing or two about youth employment.

Expert Panelists:

Vass Bednar: As the Chair of the federal Expert Panel on Youth Employment and a member of Airbnb's public policy team, Vass has travelled across the country to speak to Canadian youth. She carries with her, a unique policy-focused perspective to tackling youth unemployment.

Othniel Litchmore: In his various capacities, both as the founder and host of 'Making it in Toronto' podcasts and Senior Program Design and Development Analyst at the Ontario Public Service, Othniel brings a great deal of insight to the table. Hear about his personal journey and listen to what he has learnt from his peers.

Toronto Community Benefits Network: has built a strong community-labour partnership with a support base of workforce development agencies, learning institutions and funders. Come and explore how they envision Toronto as an inclusive, thriving city in which all residents have equitable opportunities to contribute to healthy communities and a prospering economy.

Light refreshments will be served. First 100 registrants get a free Employment 101 toolkit! If you have an accessibility-related request and/or have any questions or concerns, please email Yasmeen Emadi, our Youth Employment Lead at

We hope to see you there!