The Digital Skills Youth Internship Program (DSYIP) gave professionals the chance to help a young person (30 and under) build skills, develop confidence and benefit from the guidance and support.

Our team designed and launched the outcome-focused Digital Skills Youth Internship Program (DSYIP). It started as a Pilot, and I was so proud to be the National Project Manager – Dan Trepanier.

Internships were full-time, 16-20 weeks in length; practical, broadly based assignments that help a motivated person develop transferable skills needed to succeed. 

We offered opportunities in various fields such as knowledge-based technology, digital-skills, administration, the environment and more!

This national initiative highlights what A YOUNG PERSON BRINGS TO THE WORKPLACE.

We offered these young adults access to dynamism, energy, dedication, as well as a commitment to make the most out of a career opportunity. Mentor gained the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of young people.

Mentoring is an essential professional competency. Challenging and coaching an Intern sharpens one’s skills and brings new insights and enthusiasm to the workplace. It is a win-win situation for both Mentor and Intern — Dan Trepanier,

Many private, public, non-profit and charitable sectors in Canada submitted an on-line application to host an intern. Once an internship application was approved, the employer selected the right candidate for an interview.

We PROVIDE INVALUABLE EXPERIENCE. Sponsored by the Federal Government, delivered in partnership with the YMCA and proudly led by a fantastic team of my creative staff!

Our reach transcended geographic boundaries as we used digital engagement resources to connect with many diverse communities across Canada.

The primary aim of this highly successful initiative was to;

  • Build, test, launch, and maintain a bilingual on-line Intern and Mentor Application system. 
  • Recruit and obtain the right volume of the host organization and post-secondary applications to ensure the suitable number of Mentor-Intern “matches.”
  • Match and place 64 Post-Secondary students and graduates (aged 15-30 yrs.) from diverse backgrounds in paid internship opportunities within the private, public, non-profit and charitable sectors to begin their internship learning experience and have the majority of them on payroll by April 1, 2012
  • Place Interns in career-related work experiences that help them acquire both digital skills and advanced employment skills in their field of study, and to make a transition to the labour market or return to school.
  • Place interns in British Columbia, the territories, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic.

WE DID IT! Thanks for making a difference

Dan Trepanier


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