The Edmonton Youth Economic Ecosystem Collaborative

Edmonton Youth Economic Ecosystem Collaborative

The Edmonton Youth Economic Ecosystem Collaborative (EYEEC) is a collaborative of members (individuals and organizations) working with youth and other stakeholders to improve economic conditions for young people (15-30 years) in Edmonton, especially youth facing barriers, by supporting changes to systems that will make it easier for youth to access and sustain meaningful employment, career development, training or entrepreneurship opportunities.

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EYEEC worked with youth to plan and implement 2 large engagement opportunities, one in 2021 to identify barriers and opportunities and the other in 2022 to brainstorm solutions to those barriers.

We heard from 250 youth who generated over 300 ideas, that called for their elevated involvement and increased collaborative work with the workforce development organizations, private businesses, funders, educators, and other
government ministries.

The specific ideas emerging from these sessions for stakeholders were increasing diversity and inclusion in recruiting and in workplace settings, and more funding for
internships that lead to permanent employment, flexible and accessible programs for clients seeking career and employment support, and a more consistent, relevant
curriculum for career exploration and employment readiness supports in junior and senior high settings. Including youth voice and decision-making at the table was widely affirmed.

Solutions for the whole economic development sector include working more collaboratively to identify gaps and opportunities. Working towards collective advocacy
and changes that will have the most significant impact on youth, employers, and workforce development organizations emerged out of the conversations and research.

EYEEC sees a role in convening a cross-sector of stakeholders to have real conversations about policies, funding, programs, and focus areas that could address the long-standing youth unemployment and inequitable economic opportunities for young people in Edmonton and hopefully scale this to Alberta as well.

2021 and 2022 Report & Snapshot

View the full reports and snapshots from 2021 and 2022 below:

2021 Report & Snapshot

2022 Report & Snapshot

What people say?

Excerpts from testimonials gathered from Skillcity’s programs.

This program helped me to build a great list of resources. It was very well planned and well worth the time investment. I definitely feel more prepared and ready to tackle my next steps in my business venture. Also having these contacts is a great feeling, as it makes me feel like I have a support network already in place and a whole bunch of resources I can use to my benefit!"
Rachael M.
Thursday, August 31, 2021
Before this session, I really hadn't thought about my personal qualities, abilities and talents. Actually, I thought I had no talents at all, but now I see that I have some creative talents. I can now create video game stories with online tools, and even co-create with my friends, even if we can't meet up because of COVID-19. We can actually create video game characters and sell to big companies and make some money. This stuff is really cool."
Femi A.
Thursday, August 25, 2023
"I was really getting bored and frustrated with the rules: 'don't go there', 'social distancing', 'you can't go out with your friends'... so many rules. Now, I have something to do with my friends online, we can create cool fun stuff online, and not have to worry about wearing masks or social distancing. That's what I really like about this Skillcity program.
Gabby A.
Thursday, August 15, 2023
Now I can have a little breather; while my kids are developing new skills and making positive connections at the same time. Wow! what a relief! Thank you Skillcity. I don't want this to end (lol)."
Tee O. (parent)
Thursday, August 15, 2023

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