Youth in Action: Summer Work Experience

What is Youth in Action?

Youth in Action: Summer Work Experience is a program that will provide students who have an intellectual disability the opportunity to ­find meaningful part-time employment opportunities in their communities! The goal is to provide students the opportunity to earn money during the summer, while adding valuable skills and experiences to their resume.

Students hired by local businesses will be paired with a student job coach, employed by Community Living Essex County. Their role will be to work alongside students and employers to mentor and guide them, ensuring they understand and complete all work related duties.

Why be a part of Youth in Action?

  • Find out what it’s like to work with a team.
  • Add skills and experience to your resume.
  • Work alongside a job coach during your shifts.
  • Earn money during the summer – and boost your confidence!

You can apply if:

  • You are between 16 and 29 years old.
  • You have a verified intellectual disability, confirmed through Developmental Services Ontario.
  • You have transportation to and from your place of work.
  • You have a Social Insurance Number and bank account for payroll deposits from the employer.
  • You are motivated and interested in working during the summer break!

Complete and submit the full application by Friday, April 26th, 2024

Space is limited! There will be up to 20 students chosen to participate during the summer of 2024. Please look at the important dates below to make sure you can participate.

  • Application Deadline April 26th 
  • Interview Week May 6th to 10th
  • Group 1: Job Preparation Week tentatively scheduled for the week of May 21st
  • Group 2: Job Preparation Week tentatively scheduled for the week of  July 8th

PLEASE NOTE: Timelines are subject to change. Families will be notified of any changes by Derek Roy, Manager, CL Supports overseeing Career Compass.

Apply Online

Click here to apply online
Click here for a printable Youth in Action application form

To apply, applicants MUST:

1. Complete and submit the full application by Friday, April 26th, 2024
2. Be 16 – 29 years old
3. Have an intellectual disability (confirmed through Developmental Services Ontario)
4. Arrange their own transportation to and from work
5. Commit to the following:
• Completing an interview with the Career Compass team during the week of May 6th- May 10th.
• Attending and participating in our virtual/in-person job readiness training tentatively scheduled for the week of May 21st for group 1 and the week of July 8th for group 2, where students will learn about and engage in discussions about employment, appropriate behaviour on the job, and problem solving.
• Adhering to and following a work schedule as determined and required by the employer.
6. Have a Social Insurance Number, and a bank account for payroll deposits from the employer.
7. Ensure time missed during work will be due to emergency situations or illness only.

Career Compass will make every effort to reach our goal of finding and matching each student participant to a summer job. If you have any questions regarding Youth in Action or require assistance filling out the application please contact Derek Roy, Manager Community Living Supports overseeing Career Compass at 519-776-6483 ext. 211 or

The information gathered will be used to assist the Career Compass team in finding the best possible fit for summer work experience for the youth listed within this application. This information will be kept confidential. Students are encouraged to seek assistance to complete this application if needed.

Employers Looking for Summer Students

Are you an employer looking for summer students? We can help!

Why should my business be a part of Youth in Action?

  • Provide a student with a summer job opportunity to add new skills and experiences to their resume.
  • Have a student job coach on-site to mentor your student employee during their shifts.
  • Have your business highlighted on our social media channels.
  • Be a community leader in inclusive hiring!

To participate, employers must commit to:

  • Hiring a student for a part time 6 week placement.
  • Paying a student minimum wage.
  • Allowing student job coaches to work alongside the student employee they are paired with.

How can my business get involved?

  1. Contact the Career Compass team at 519-776-6483, ext. 276 or by email at
  2. A team member will contact you to get details on your business and the summer job opportunity.
  3. The Career Compass team will match a summer student’s interests and strengths to your job opportunity, ensuring the best possible fit!