Youth Opportunity Route
- Program Description
Youth Opportunity Route supports independent youth with a successful transition to adulthood through financial literacy, money management, and asset building. Youth access matched savings to obtain housing, purchase household goods, pay for education and training costs, purchase tools and equipment for work, or obtain prescription eyewear or dental care. Youth are eligible to participate in Youth Opportunity Route for a seven month period.
Targeting independent youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are experiencing housing instability or homelessness and are interested in gaining assets to assist them with their goals.
The goal of the Youth Opportunity Route is that youth successfully transition to adulthood, meaning Youth are ready for post-secondary education, ready for work, ready to give and ready to live a balanced personal life.
- Youth increase their knowledge of money management
- Youth increase their personal assets (financial and social)
- Youth gain and retain living wage employment
- Youth acquire sufficient education to obtain adequate employment
- Participants complete financial literacy workshops, covering topics of Budgeting, Banking and Credit, Consumerism, and Assets.
- Participants set an asset goal and establish a matched savings account. Participants have access to a 3 to 1 match of their savings. Participants will save $10 to $50 a month for six months and earn up to $900 in match savings.
- Participants have access to networking opportunities and enhanced connections to employment, educational, and community resources
Nancy Lui, Youth Opportunity Route Navigator
Direct Line: 403.450.3409
United Way of Calgary and Area, and
Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry