Councillor Paula Fletcher celebrated with the members of the Jolt Program at their “topping off ceremony” on Friday, February 24, 2017. The group has been working on a low-rise condo building at Queen St. East near Pape Ave in Leslieville.
The Jolt Program run by the Canadian National Shelter Program (CNSP) which trains at-risk youth in trades and helps them build valuable employment skills has come to Leslieville.
Four of the participants came from Eva’s Phoenix, a shelter for homeless youth between the ages of 16 and 24. Eva’s Phoenix offers an Employment and Training Program which assists homeless and at-risk youth with access to an on-the-job training placement or entry-level employment, such as the Jolt Program.
Some of the members will also be able to buy the condo units once complete. They can receive assistance to buy the units from Options for Homes.
CNSP’s apprenticeship carpentry program is done in partnership with the Carpenter’s Union Local 27 and the Canadian Centre for Cold Climate Construction Training and Research (5CTR). At the end of the two-year program, the Jolt Program participants can come out with their certification and membership in the Carpentry Union.
The training program puts two important pieces together, jobs and home ownership. This provides the participants with stability and a bright future. Councillor Fletcher is proud to support this innovative project in Leslieville.