Opportunities to Learn
Education and Skill Development
Do you have skills, talents and experience that give you personal and professional opportunities?
For people living in poverty, education and skill development has often been out of reach, as they must focus their energy on coping with the immediate challenges poverty creates.
But when given opportunities to learn and grow, people begin to look beyond the urgency of the moment and begin planning for the future they want.
e4c has always recognized the importance of education and skill development in helping people living in poverty move toward healthy, positive, lasting change. It helps them journey from where they are now to where they want to be.
Learning new skills and expanding knowledge is beneficial to anyone at any age, but is particularly relevant to children and youth who have a lifetime to utilize what they learn. That’s why we’ve developed a range of programs designed to reach and inspire kids, including our Early Learning program, which focuses on children from 2.5 – 5 years of age.
The Hallway Cafe
The Hallway Café Program is a social enterprise cafe that works with youth at-risk, ages 16-24, to help them achieve educational and employment success.
The Hallway Café Program offers 3 steams of support to youth: outreach, employment readiness and education.
- Youth in the outreach stream will receive a range of supports such as one-to-one support, advocacy, connections to other community agencies and services, access to education, and life skills.
- Youth in the employment readiness stream will experience an immersive 17 week, hands-on, training within the café. During these 17 weeks youth will learn employability skills combined with life skills. Youth will work through 5 modules: Food preparation, Line station, Customer service, Baking and Pizza.
- Youth can also be connected to our Fresh Start School where they can use a self-directed approach to earning high school credits and/or completion.
These wrap around supports provide youth with employment training, readiness, and supports to facilitate a successful graduation, encouraging them to seek employment or further their education. All of our education and skill development programming intends to prepare youth with the tools they need to reach their goals – whatever those goals might be.
Click the icon below to be redirected to the Hallway Café’s website. The Hallway is located within City Hall, at 1 Winston Churchill Square.