CreateAction: Inclusive Social Innovation — This project is evaluating the role that six-month work experience opportunities in the social innovation, social finance, and social enterprise sectors can play in supporting youth who are either not in employment, education, or training (NEET).
The project is being led by the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) in partnership with SRDC and the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC). The project aims to recruit 100 Indigenous youth, new immigrants, young people living in poverty, those who identify as LGBTQ2S+, young people with disabilities, racialized youth, youth in rural/remote communities, and official language minority youth.
SRDC is supporting the project design, coordinating tailored supports to participants, and leading the project’s evaluation activities. The evaluation is examining how the placement opportunities facilitate the transition of young people to secure employment in the labour market through the development of skills, workplace experience, professional networks, and tailored wraparound supports.
It is also examining how hosting the youth placements will support the capacity and sustainability of innovative social purpose organizations across Canada to hire youth facing barriers from the communities they serve, connect to regional Social Innovation and Social Finance ecosystems, and leverage investments of the Investment Readiness Program and Social Finance Fund.
Published: March 2023
Capability: Socio-economic Impact Assessment - Program Evaluation/ Performance Measurement - Policy Research - Strengthening Capacity
Policy Area: Adult Learning - Workplace Training, Career Development and LMI, Community Capacity, Income Security, Employment - Workplace Diversity and Inclusion - Labour Market Integration of Persons with Disabilities - Employment Supports and Services - Employment Programs, Social Finance, Youth Development and Inclusion, Newcomers Labour Market Integration
Population: EI Recipients - Low-income Populations - Indigenous Peoples - Low-skilled Workers - Newcomers - Official Language Minorities - People with Disabilities - Social Assistance Recipients - Youth - Communities and Families - 2SLGBTQ+ People