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Youth and Families

Explore your career options and how to get there

A Career Day is a great chance to explore career options and to figure out how to achieve your goals. We're here to make every day Career Day for you.

Check out our tools and resources that help you make informed decisions about your future.

Upcoming Events

Get started with Explore Your Future

Here's your chance to explore many career options from people working in them now. Learn what they do and how they got there. Ask them questions!

Explore Your Future offers a series of virtual panels organized around different themes.

We also plan a return to our popular in-person career fair in spring 2023.

Learn more


Get creative!

We now have a Youth Creativity Fund to inspired Waterloo Region youth in grades 5 to 12 to apply their creativity towards solving a problem they identify. Any problem!

Get up to $1000!

Youth can ask for up to $500 for an individual project or up to $1000 when working in a group. And the best part is we always want to say yes! If you're not quite ready, we'll provide some advice so you can reapply.

Deadline for applications is the last day of every month.

Go to YCF website

Get started exploring our toolbox

Our toolbox features several ways for you to explore different jobs, fields of work and a look inside workplaces.

Career Profiles

Many of our volunteer speakers share their job description and their career journeys. Check them out!

Virtual Workplace Tours

Several businesses and organizations have opened their doors to give potential employees a chance to see their workplace. Check them out!

Recommended Resources

We also suggest a number of other tools for exploring your career options including those offered by Edge Factor, myBlueprint and from the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin. Check these and more out now!

Learning by doing

Our experiential learning section features many ways that you can learn by doing.

While you are in high school, you can get real world work experience to learn skills and try out different career options. You can even get a head start on getting into the workforce as an apprentice. Learn more.

Check out these options:

Want to figure out which options work for you?

Use the discovery tool


How do real world work experiences make a difference?

Do you have a story about high school co-op or other experiential learning opportunities in action here in Waterloo Region?

Share your story with us so we can inspire more high school students, educators, and businesses to get involved!

Submit your story

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informed decisions about their future

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Looking for more resources for families and youth?

Family Compass is your first step to finding community-based services and supports for parents, youth and children in Waterloo Region.

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