Through the lens of experiential learning, this department provides support to youth ages 14-21 to work towards high school graduate expectations by taking part in job training, career research, workplace preparation, job shadow, work experience, co-op and apprentice opportunities. This program can be accessed by any student whose support group in their school feel would benefit from. In theory, if ready, willing and able every student could benefit as they are going to have to carve out their niche in the world of work before we know it.
At the heart of the program is linking credit-based curriculum in school to the workplace, a valuable opportunity for all students in the fast-paced, ever-changing landscape of “work” today. This program is accessible to students from all High School Treatment Partners (Custody Units, CAS, Youville Centre, Children’s Aid Society, Dave Smith, ROH, CHEO, Roberts Smart) and requires special coordination between current treatment partner/teaching staff by filling out an application form for experiential learning. The biggest barrier for success in this program is working with the supportive adults in the youth’s life to create workflows, communication, schedules and transportation that works best for them. We are particularly proud of the fact that within the McHugh experiential learning realm we live by the catchphrase “No Excuses”. We find ways to support students, learn from failure and follow our dreams.