The Jane-Finch Collaborative Bridging Education to Employment project seeks to bring together youth and a diversity of community partners to better understand, and collaboratively address systemic barriers to post-secondary education and training, for the overarching goal of obtaining secure and decent employment.
This will be done in two parallel phases:
- The community-based, youth participatory action research phase will engage Youth Leaders from the Jane-Finch community to become researchers and community leaders by learning about and developing ideas for addressing systemic and structural barriers to post-secondary education and training.
- The Collective Impact phase will be informed by the research, and engage a diversity of stakeholders and organisations while centring youth voices, to a) agree on a common agenda, b) develop shared measurements for success, and c) coordinate mutually aligned interventions. This phase seeks to contribute to the broader collaborative goal of ensuring all youth receive the necessary post-secondary education and training required to obtain secure and decent work.
The anticipated outcomes for this project are as follows:
- Improved understanding amongst youth-serving stakeholders about the root barriers to equitable attainment of post-secondary education, training, and employment
- Evidence-based, mutually reinforcing, sustainable interventions to address root barriers to educational attainment and employment in the Jane-Finch community
- Strategic coordination and collaboration amongst the diversity of youth-serving stakeholders, including community agencies, educational institutions, law enforcement, local businesses, and more
- Capacity building and improved educational outcomes for youth in the Jane-Finch community
- Capacity building of collaborative partners to strategically and deliberately plan, to address systemic issues together, as opposed to working in silos and in competition
The Jane-Finch Collaborative Bridging Education and Employment (JFBEE) currently includes partner organisations Jane-Finch Family Centre, Action for Neighbourhood Change, Duke Heights BIA, Toronto Community Benefits Agreement, Black Creek Community Health Centre, with administrative coordination by Skills for Change, and funding provided by United Way, and the Laidlaw Foundation.