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Closure of the Estevan youth employment organization at the end of August

South East Youth Employment Services (YES), which served clients in Estevan, Weyburn and other rural communities, will close on August 31.

ESTEVAN – An organization that has helped young people and adults find work will close at the end of this month.

South East Youth Employment Services (YES), which served clients in Estevan, Weyburn and other rural communities, will close on August 31. Coordinator Anne Schnell, who has worked for the program for 15 years, made the announcement on the organization’s Facebook page earlier this month.

In an interview with the Mercury on Friday, Schnell said he currently has five clients in Estevan and two in Weyburn. They will be completed by the end of August.

“It really fluctuates, because we have continuous input,” Schnell said. “So sometimes we might have 10 in one building and three in the other and then it can switch.”

The agency, which works with young people between the ages of 16 and 35, had been funded by the Estevan Early Years Family Resource Center. Mercedes Morstad, who is the current Board Chair of the Estevan Early Years Family Resource Center, said that with the center’s new partnerships, they have a renewed interest specifically in Estevan’s youth. and the region.

“Our primary focus is children zero to five, with additional programs for elementary age children, so we are currently working to provide more attention and support specifically in those areas,” she wrote. .

The YES program has been a beneficial service in the Estevan and Weyburn area and the family center has happily overseen the program for three years, Morstad said.

She noted that YES is available for a tender, since the family center is not renewing its contract.

Southeast YES was commissioned to work with young adults aged 16-35 in need with barriers to employment, such as giving them work experience they had not previously enjoyed.

“We could put them in touch with an employer who might offer them a two-week work experience. We explained to them the expectations of employers, their safety and their rights and responsibilities at work,” Schnell said.

They also discussed interview skills, the ability to identify and talk about their abilities; paid safety training, getting their driver’s license and courses like first aid, CPR and food safety. YES has helped customers learn QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel, and pointed them in the right direction for any other training they might need.

“A lot of the kids we’ve worked with have dropped out of high school, so they might be looking to come back or finish high school, so we refer them to the GED. [general educational development] or go back to high school,” Schnell said.

They could talk about career exploration and education; labor market needs; access to services and resources such as mental health, violence intervention and legal aid; and they can offer advice on what clothes a person might need for an interview or at work.

Schnell noted that Southeast YES has helped clients face and solve problems, build self-confidence, self-esteem, assertiveness, relationship advice, do their taxes, manage their time and get organized.

“It was individualized for each client,” Schnell said.

At one time it was an organization for 16-21 year olds, but the age gradually increased until it reached 35. The customer load was sufficient to occupy two people.

“After the oil boom, we went through the crisis period, and the jobs were really tough and we had a lot of people coming in asking for help,” Schnell said.

But these people were not in the target age group for the day, so YES was unable to help them until the age range was increased.

The program has also been implemented in rural communities and in Ocean Man First Nations. She had clients from Fillmore, Radville and Oungre in the Weyburn office, while the Estevan office had Bienfait, Lampman, Macoun and Hitchcock, and this year they had two clients from Carlyle.

“We couldn’t go to them, but they had to come to us,” Schnell said.

While there isn’t a program like this in Estevan or Weyburn, Schnell said people can always turn to South East Employment Advocates for help with the job. ‘use.

Schnell said working with YES has been a positive experience.

“It’s really rewarding to see other people succeed,” she says. “Especially when they have so many obstacles against them, just to help them realize that they are capable and to see that in themselves, before they see it themselves. It was special. That’s what that kept me here, and I would still be here if it didn’t end.