In Her Shoes (Youth)

In Her Shoes: Youth is a paid employment program for young women (cis and trans) & gender-diverse people who are experiencing significant barriers to securing employment. In this program, participants receive technical training and work experience in our bricks & clicks social enterprise store, YW Thrift Boutique, where we sell gently-loved accessories, home decor and attire. Participants will earn minimum wage, equivalent to 35 hours/week.

As a participant, you will receive training in three primary areas to support you in securing employment upon completion of the program:

1) Technical skills: including digital literacy, computer operating systems, and software, customer service and support, online business and e-commerce, retail work, point of sale systems and cash handling, marketing, and photography.
2) Employability skills: building a marketable resume, understanding the labour market, and job search strategies to secure employment.
3) Life skills: to develop a healthy lifestyle and environment that will set you up for success to maintain employment.


  • Cis/trans women and non-binary people between the ages of 15-30.
  • A Canadian citizen, or permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • In accordance with funding requirements, priority in hiring will be given to youth facing barriers to finding and keeping employment.

Program and Registration

For more information about the program, and to apply, please visit In Her Shoes: Youth


Liz Teskey, Employment Counsellor

Gillian Marrow, Employment Counsellor

Program Funders

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