three youth participants sitting on a rock at the park

“We’re grateful to be able to participate in the YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange. It’s always been a very positive experience for the students as well as us, the employer. The students work very hard and it’s always a pleasure to meet them and get to know them — we miss them when they leave!” – Employer participant from 2019

Opportunities for Community Partnership

Employ a Youth


Each year SWSE partners with more than 400 different non-profit and public sector organizations to provide meaningful jobs for program participants. The program relies on employers to provide mentorship and support to 16- and 17-year-old second official language learners. This program is often the first work experience for youth, and almost always their first experience working in their second official language.

At the conclusion of the program, employers are reimbursed for up to 210 hours at the provincial minimum wage for the youth’s employment. Participants have worked in a wide variety of settings including childcare and summer camps, museums and cultural centres, offices and senior homes.