Edmonton Youth Economic Ecosystem Collaborative (EYEEC)
The Edmonton Youth Economic Ecosystem Collaborative (EYEEC), a collaborative of organizations and individuals, including the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Edmonton & Area, Skillcity Institute, The City of Edmonton, Communities United, and The Family Centre/Neighbourhood Empowerment Team (NET), working with youth and other stakeholders to improve economic conditions for young people (15-30 years) in Edmonton, especially youth facing barriers, by supporting changes to systems that will make it easier for youth to access and sustain meaningful employment or entrepreneurship opportunities.
The Edmonton Youth Economic Ecosystem Collaborative (EYEEC) facilitated a youth engagement process in which youth were hired to conduct focus group sessions with Edmonton-area youth facing barriers to economic security. The intent was to hear the voices of groups typically underrepresented in engagements of this nature, including youth who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+, Indigenous, newcomers/immigrants, persons of colour, and refugees, as well as youth in care and youth involved in the justice system. A considerable amount of information was gathered and analyzed by youth coordinators hired to lead these sessions.
This report contextualizes their work by reviewing the findings through the conceptual lens represented in youth employment literature and formalizing the findings in a report structure.
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