Trauma is both the experience of and response to an overwhelmingly negative event or series of events that impede an individual’s ability to cope (Klinic Community Health Centre, 2013; Urquhart & Jasiura, 2013).
Traumatic events happen to all people of all ages and across socio-economic strata; however, certain populations are more likely to experience them. In Canada, racialized people1 face a higher likelihood of exposure to trauma and violence at individual, interpersonal, and systemic levels (PHAC, 2018).
For racialized young people living in Canada, 2 social disadvantages, challenging environmental circumstances, and poor health, interact and compound mechanisms by which experiences trauma influence well-documented barriers to finding and thriving employment (Block & Galabuzi, 2011; Goodman, 2015).
Given that employment is a critical determinant of health, and since unemployed youth living in Canada make up a large share of young people who access multiple social services such as housing, mental health, justice, and education supports (Henderson, Hawke, & Chaim, 2017), employment support programs offer an important opportunity for intervention
Published: December 2020
Capability: Policy Research
Policy Area: Employment - Employment Supports and Services, Youth Development and Inclusion
Type: Working paper