With this contribution, through the Co-operators Community Funds, Hope for Community Development will create a youth-led Social Enterprise which will provide jobs/skills training, as well as a pathway to employment for our community’s marginalized youth. Hope for Community Development will also work with youth leaders to research, brand and launch a social enterprise that will create employment opportunities for the youth, while simultaneously providing a hands-on advanced entrepreneurial program.
The Advanced Entrepreneurship Program will provide Black and Newcomers in the Kitchener-Waterloo area with mentorship, entrepreneurial training and networking opportunities to help them succeed in their chosen business path.
The enterprise will also encourage resilience in youth as leaders in their community, employ future generations of youth through the enterprise, and modernize Hope for Community Development’s youth engagement strategy.
Hope for Community Development will be partnering with The Community Company in the development of the Social Enterprise.
This investment will support the creation of 12 new jobs and 50 Black youth entrepreneurs and reinforces the Co-operators' commitment to eliminating barriers to success and revelling the positive economic impacts of Black youth entrepreneurs in the Waterloo region and Canada at large.
After Participating in the Program, Youth will:
Develop entrepreneurship skills through the research, branding, and launch of a community social enterprise
Gain experience in stakeholder interviews, community research, financial sustainability, and business marketing
Learn how to develop a business from ideation to launch
Make a meaningful difference in their community by creating a community-led enterprise that addressees a social challenge
Upon successful completion of the program, youth will be awarded a Micro Entrepreneurship Grant to invest in their education or the launch of their own business
If you are a youth between the ages of 16-34 in the Waterloo region with a big dream of launching your own business call 226-700-0769 for more details
Interviews start Saturday June 17, 2023 between 10am and 3pm. See Postcard for information.