Through Impakt’s work with The Home Depot Canada Foundation, Impakt realized a gap between youth exiting homelessness and gaining and sustaining employment. Impakt then committed to build an online hiring portal for youth who have experienced homelessness.
In November 2015, Impakt created HireUp, in collaboration with The Home Depot Canada Foundation and Workopolis. HireUp is a social enterprise that connects youth who have barriers to employment to meaningful work. HireUp uses technology to connect employer, community organizations and vulnerable youth.
Building on what we’ve learned over the last year, HireUp is now able to help youth who have experienced homelessness, youth who are at-risk of homelessness and youth with other barriers to employment. We have partnerships with more than 36 youth-serving organizations and our commitment is to give every vulnerable youth access to meaningful employment with our growing community of HireUp Employers.
For the first time, vulnerable youth across Canada have access to meaningful employment.
“In my 10 months of employment through HireUp, I have not only had fantastic opportunities for skill and career building, I have also been able to realize a level of stability to create future plans for my life, to becoming a financially stable, engaged citizen of Canada. HireUp has the opportunity to give more youth in such dire circumstances a real chance at altering their situation in a meaningful way, superseding the currently ineffective workforce development attempts for this population. “ – a youth who has experienced homelessness and found employment through HireUp
Click here to visit the HireUp website.