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HOPES program

Now taking applications for Cohort 6!

Have you ever felt discouraged and confused about your employment prospects in Canada? Join us for this unique employment program and learn how to:

– Redefine your employment goals within a new cultural context and take your first steps forward!

– Benefit from ongoing counseling and support of employment agencies and programs

– Integrate successfully into the Canadian workforce

How does HOPES work?

Designed especially for newcomers, the program runs for eight weeks and flows through 3 phases:

PHASE 1: ONE-ON-ONE COUNSELLING

Manage Culture Shock
Moving to a new country is often accompanied by feelings of confusion, disorientation, and unease. Learn to recognize these signs and adjust better to your new surroundings.

Decrease Stress & Increase Hope
Taking care of you is fundamental to developing a positive outlook on the challenges ahead. Develop emotional and behavioural strategies to address current stressors.

PHASE 2: GROUP WORKSHOPS

Know Yourself
Discover how you manage transitions and identify your personal qualities that will support adapting well to changing circumstances.

Clarify your Goals
Redefine your career goals based on your strengths and talents. Reaffirm your skills and identify areas for further development. Understand your work values and beliefs and identify your best work environment.

Design your Action Plan
Learn employment planning strategies. Foster a positive approach to your job search. Identify resources to help implement your plan.

Build Empowerment
Building on your current personal situation, learn to bring ownership to your job search and feel empowered to get the job you want.

One session/week for four weeks

PHASE 3: EMPLOYMENT AGENCY CONNECTIONS & COACHING

Make Community Connections
Get the support you need to continue with your job plan. Be referred to organizations and programs in the community that can help you advance toward employment.

Think Strategically
Recognize your areas of strength as well as potential barriers to success, and adapt your action plan to reflect new realities.

Stay Focused
Take advantage of continued career advice and emotional support to stay motivated and execute your action plan.

One session, and as needed for up to 1 year

Achieve your employment goals with ongoing career counselling and support from employment agencies and specialized employment programs

Now taking applications for Cohort 6!

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

This program will benefit newcomers who:

  • are struggling to find employment appropriate to their education, skills, and experience
  • need individual support in the context of resettlement stress
  • are looking for personal and organizational connections within
    the community
  • have job-ready English communication skills (at least a CLB 5)
  • Can commit time to each component of the program to work towards their goals

Workshops are limited to 15 participants.

 WHAT IS THE COST?

It’s FREE to eligible participants! TTC tokens and light refreshments are available for the four Group Workshops.

WHEN/WHERE IS THE HOPES PROGRAM?

Counselling:  MNLCT offices

Workshops: September 16, 23, 39; October 7 @ our Victoria Park computer room

Employment Coaching: MNLCT offices and partner agencies across the GTA

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN HOPES?

Contact Leticia Esquivel at  (647) 776-2057 x 306  to set up your intake interview!

 

WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS SAY ABOUT HOPES?

 “The first time I was suggested to think about a career change I felt really mad! After this experience, I can see that change might be an opportunity to growth”
Michelle. Participant

“This program gave me the drive to make a decision. It’s been a while that I’m thinking in studying. After this program I made an advance and talked to someone and I’m thinking in changing my schedule at work”
Luis. Participant

“During the last months I have been feeling sad and angry without any apparent reason. After learning the transition process, I can understand better myself and my ups and downs”
Karina. Participant

HOPES is an initiative of Building Strengths for Work funded by the Government of Ontario

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