Nuge, YMCA Connects

Nuge's Story

"YMCA Connects really helps bring you out of your shell. If I’d never taken the YMCA of Okanagan employment program, it would have taken me much longer to get to where I am today. The program helped me become more adult-like and made me care deeply about my career path."

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Ages 17-29

YMCA Connects is designed to enhance your personal development, education, and employment opportunities to move you closer to your career goals. Our free and virtual services are offered as a part of our exciting Career Development Services.

Learning Opportunities

Option 1: Individual support services by phone, email and video conferencing.

Option 2: Interactive online group learning. Option 2 is offered in groups or individually based on your scheduling needs. The list below shows a description of learning opportunities available. Keep scrolling for information on eligibility and other resources.

Online Learning Opportunity Description
Successful Adaptation in a Constantly Changing Job Market Discover how to be employment ready in today’s evolving job market. Learn up to date information about which industries are currently hiring and what skills you will need to successfully achieve your career goals during COVID-19.
Networking Tips & Tricks in the Real and Digital World Learn about networking—both in-person and web-based—to increase access to career opportunities, including the hidden job markets in the Okanagan.
Interview Skills Development: Telephone, Video Conferencing and In Person Tips to make a great first impression and learn how to answer interview questions confidently and effectively. Special focus on how to deliver a successful telephone and video conferencing interview.
Career Exploration Support in Today's Job Market Learn about yourself and discover careers, including ones in today’s job market, that are the best fit for you.
Tips Not Just for Keeping Your Job but How to EXCEL at Your Job! Strategies taught to become a skilled and valued employee. Learn about attractive transferable skills that will help you maintain your job and or transition successfully to a new position.
Resumes & Cover Letter Development Techniques to enhance and tailor your resume/cover letter, increasing your chances of landing an interview in your desired industry.
Personal and Professional Time Management Skills Tips for how to manage your time wisely along with learning how to overcome barriers to ensure successful goal attainment.

Phone or email registration is mandatory prior to participating. Find out more by filling out the short pre-registration form and one of our staff will be happy to contact you and tell you more details about this great program. Or, if you have general inquiries please feel free to call us at 250-861-5627 or email

During the program you will:

  • Earn an hourly wage while attending our online workshops
  • Work with knowledgeable professionals in employment facilitation and career discovery;
  • Discover your personal interests and characteristics;
  • Establish a step-by-step plan to attain career goals;
  • Create polished and professional resumes and cover letters;
  • Learn how to connect with community employers in your field of choice;
  • Conduct valuable research to help you carve your career path;
  • Have access to financial supports as needed;
  • Learn how to socialize with industry leaders;
  • Gain support with job shifting or your next promotion;
  • Discover educational possibilities;
  • Gain interviewing tips and tricks to land your dream job

Who is eligible?

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or Protected Person;
  • Living in British Columbia;
  • Not currently participating in another provincially- or federally-funded labour market program

This valuable opportunity will give you the competitive edge you need to secure and maintain your next job!

How is the program funded?

YMCA Connects is made possible in part through the generosity of donors. 
We thank these community leaders for supporting the YMCA Connects:

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Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund.