Staffing

Staffing

Choices for Youth has a unique perspective on its staff and their roles. They operate a variety of programs to support youth in different ways including education, housing and employment. While each staff member has unique skills in a specific area, the skill set they have in common is the ability to deal with addictions, mental health, childhood trauma etc. Sheldon Pollett, Executive Director of Choices for Youth says,  “So what we say to our staff is, ‘You guys are all completely interchangeable,’ tomorrow Sally can work in Train for Trades and Shelly form Train for Trades can work in Rallyhaven, you know Cindy from Rallyhaven can work at the Lilly, plus or minus a few skills. Because the main issue is around those true barriers for young people…”

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The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness acknowledges with thanks the financial support of The Home Depot Canada Foundation. Thanks to the staff, partners and service users (past and present) of Choices for Youth and Train for Trades who assisted in the development of the toolkit by taking part in interviews, providing data and resources or reviewing information.

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