IHCS Youth 15-30 yrs old

IHCS Youth is a paid employment program for young women (cis and trans) & gender-diverse people who are experiencing barriers to securing employment.

 "You can’t go back and change the time from past events, but you can change this moment and the many more moments to come! Working at In Her Shoes has helped me grow to become the person I wanted to be and it helped me build confidence! Every workshop builds character that gives you value and better understanding of yourself." - Youth program graduate


Training Includes:

Group and 1:1 learning:

  • Budgeting/ personal finance
  • Boundary setting and self care
  • Career exploration 
  • Resumes, cover letters, interviews
  • Job search strategies and the labour market


  • Smart Serve
  • Safe Food Handling
  • CannSell
  • Standard First Aid & CPR-C
  • Canity customer service training

Work Experience: 

  • Customer service and sales
  • Cash handling & Square Point of Sale
  • Donation receiving/sorting/cleaning
  • Inventory
  • Merchandising, pricing & tagging
  • Product photography
  • Website product posts
  • Social media marketing
  • E-commerce and small business management
  • Store health and safety tasks


  • Identify as a cis/trans woman or gender diverse person
  • Between the ages of 15-30
  • A Canadian citizen, or permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Seeking immediate employment upon program completion
  • Able to commit to 30 hours/week Monday - Friday, all stats off
  • Able to work and train with us in person 
  • In accordance with funding requirements, priority in selection of applicants will be given to youth facing barriers to finding and keeping employment
 "I really did learn a lot of things and not just that… I also built my confidence over time and came across a great change for the better. It was really awesome, as well, to have that emotional support and, at the same time, have the financial support so I could pause and not stress for a while, while actually being able to work on myself, my skills, my confidence, my appearance, my self esteem and so much more!" - Youth program graduate

 Program Details:

  • Program Location: 102 King St. West, Kitchener 
  • Perks:
    • Bus Pass, work uniform, and food provisions are included.
    • Participants will earn minimum wage during their training & work periods & potentially a completion bonus
  • Program Time: 
    • Monday - Friday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm.
    • Investment: 30 hours total/week
    • Next session starts: TBD (pending funding)

Registration Information:

  • Step 1: Complete our online application form by following the link: https://forms.office.com/r/m6rr10p052
  • Step 2: Once your application form has been received, candidates will be contacted to schedule a follow up meeting to talk further about their application and details about the program/their eligibility
  • If you need assistance, please contact us (see below)
"These past four months have definitely helped me improve on certain aspects of my life and it feels so freeing and powerful. If there’s any advice that I could give you, I would have to say not to give up. Of course, there are going to be a few points throughout the program that you’ll find more difficult than others, but you can’t give up. The instructors, and even the participants (who will most definitely become your friends, by the way) are more than willing to help guide you through it." - Youth program graduate

For questions or assistance, please contact:



Liz Teskey, Employment Counsellor, IHCS (Youth)
Gillian Marrow, Employment Counsellor, IHCS (Youth)



 "This program is for you to learn and grow at your own pace 一 everyone is different. That's okay! That's why this program rocks, because you meet some interesting people. It’s helped me feel more confident not only in a workplace, but also helped me view people differently from how I feel about them in general. It also helped me and encouraged me to have more patience and kindness towards myself."  - Youth program graduate




Funding Provided By:

Employment and Social Development Canada