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Making every day Career Day

BEP Waterloo Region is a charity that helps youth in grades 7 to 12:

  • Explore their career options.
  • Set goals. Identify pathways.
  • Begin to proactively manage their career journey.

Our Mission

BEP Waterloo Region is a charity whose mission is to help youth start a lifelong process of exploring their career choices and determining the steps to achieve their goals.

Studies of youth in Ontario show that the more exposure they have to career options, the more likely they are to be satisfied with their career choices. Unfortunately, 70% of Ontario high school students report not receiving up-to-date information about career pathways and job opportunities from their school, leading them to feel anxious, discouraged, and dissatisfied in their transition to the workforce.

We help youth in Waterloo Region better understand and prepare for the world of work so that they can build their own paths to successful careers. We do this by creating career exploration, skill development, and networking opportunities between students in grades 7 to 12 and members of the local workforce.

By guiding youth to make informed decisions about their future, we contribute to a happy, healthy community.

We invite you to join us!

Learn our history

Discover your ideal experiential learning opportunity

With so many experiential opportunities to be involved with, it may be difficult to know where to begin.

Whether you are a student, educator, business, or community organization, you can use this tool to find the types of experiential learning that suit you best, based on your goals and interests.

Looking for a speaker?

Introducing your class to a real-life industry professional can be a life-changing experience! Students can benefit from asking pertinent questions, hearing about new career options, setting goals and learn about how to achieve them.

Meet our volunteer speakers

Success stories

Students, parents, teachers, and businesses often share how the BEP has made an impact on them. Here are some examples:

A big thank-you to our sponsors

Everything we accomplish for youth in Waterloo Region is possible thanks to the vision and leadership of our partners. Thank you!

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.
HIP Developments
Waterloo Region District School Board
Waterloo Catholic District School Board