Education and Employment
NCSFT has developed a comprehensive suite of education and employment readiness programming over more than 30 years. This suite of services includes EarlyON centres, Aboriginal Head Start, daycare, full-day kindergarten, before and after school programming, Native Learning Centres in TDSB schools, GED programs, multiple specialized youth programs, and post-secondary programs in collaboration with local colleges. These programs are grounded in Aboriginal values, practices, and pedagogy, providing a service continuum that promotes the educational and employment success of Aboriginal children, youth and families in Toronto.
NCFST’s Aboriginal Youth Education and Employment programs offer multiple, flexible, guided service pathways that meet youth wherever they are in their lives. Program staff, teachers, and partners work with youth to develop their own education or employment plans and empower them to take charge of their own lives and support them as they move through the program’s daily activities in both individual and group settings. Because of the variable education and skills levels of youth entering the program we offer multiple levels of programming including life skills, literacy and basic skills upgrading, GED preparation, and job-specific skills training, as well as book clubs, computer classes, volunteer opportunities, and social activities that help them make friends, build self-confidence and community. They also access cultural programs and ceremonies, including culture nights, smudge ceremonies, and drumming that provide them with knowledge of and pride in their identity.