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Preparing youth for the future of work

It takes a village to raise a child. We bring Waterloo Region together to help our kids:

  • Better understand the world of work
  • See a positive future for themselves
  • Build a successful career path

Our Vision

Our vision is that every student in Waterloo Region leaves high school seeing a positive future for themselves in our workforce.

Studies with 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 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 are on a mission to help young people 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 local students and industry professionals.

By bringing Waterloo Region together to invest in our future workforce, we strengthen our local economy and 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.


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!

Waterloo Region District School Board
Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Teledyne DALSA
Region of Waterloo