Tell Us Your Story
- Wednesday, February 22nd 2017
The Durham Region Employment Network is leading the development of a Community Roadmap to Employment for Youth with Barriers to Employment. If you are a person with a disability in Durham Region we want to hear about your transition from school to work. Your input will shape and help co-create the Roadmap.
We want to hear about your challenges and your successes. What worked for you and what didn't. Some questions to consider:
1. What would you recommend to educators, employment services and/or employers for a smoother transition from school to work?
2. What advice would you give to parents and/or caregivers to better prepare you for the working world?
3. What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
4. If you could give advice to the government who designs employment programs and services what would it be?
5. What changes in your community would you recommend?
If you would like to provide input in the Community Roadmap to Employment send a video or written submission to DREN's Executive Director, Donna McAllister, via email at email@example.com by March 31st, 2017 or you can mail it in to the Durham Region Employment Network, 60 Bond St. W. 8th Floor, Oshawa, ON L1G 1A5
Please ensure you provide your contact information with your submission.
DREN releases priorities for the Community Roadmap to Employment on International Day of Persons with Disabilities
- Saturday, December 3rd 2016
"We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This global blueprint for action summons us to “leave no one behind”."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
DREN marks this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities by doing our part in our community to "leave no one behind". We are not alone in our work to increase the economic participation of persons with disabilities in Durham Region. This year our focus is on youth with disabilities.
Over 100 community members from Durham Region came together on November 25th with the intention of co-creating a Community Roadmap to Employment for Youth with Barriers to Employment.
The Community Roadmap to Employment opening circle comprised of over a 100 community members from employment service providers, community agencies, educators, employers, persons with disabilities, municipalities, funding organizations, parents and even the Mayor of Oshawa. They signed up voluntarily to participate and had to only meet one criteria: be passionate about increasing the economic participation for youth with disabilities in Durham Region.
By the end of the day utilizing an open space technology format a plan was in place, action teams formed and a commitment was solidified to increase the economic participation for youth in Durham.
Six Priorities of The Community Roadmap to Employment for Youth with Disabilities
- Employer Development
- Engaging Schools
- Fear Factor
- BarrierFree Hiring Processes
- Role of Local Government
Action Teams were formed for the six priorities and each team developed an overall approach to moving the priority forward. First steps were also created. If you would like to be part of the action as a member of one of the Priority Action Teams contact DREN's executive director Donna McAllister at 905-720-1777 or by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org
This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.