Special Events

Next Meeting:

The next YEN meeting takes place on Thursday, November 13th at 9:00 am. at

The John Howard Society
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, Ontario
L8L 3A2.

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YEN Connect: Navigating Services for Youth, May 2013

YEN Connect: Navigating Services for Youth took place on May 1/13 at the Nicholas Mancini Centre, with 100 people in attendance, including teachers, parents, and youth service workers.  Attendees had a chance to network, visit over 35 displays, listen to two presentations, and enjoy light refreshments.

(Photo by Jan Lukas)

The first presentation, "The good, the bad, and the ugly: Youth, Social Media and Job Search featured Catherine Maybrey, Alumni Career Coach, Student Success Centre, McMaster University.

Click here to view Catherine's presentation.
The second presentation, on Youth and Mental Health featured Jill Dennison, Hamilton Schizophrenia Society.

A link to view Jill's presentation.

YEN Connect: Navigating Services for Youth, 2012

YEN Connect: Navigating Services for Youth 2012 took place on Tuesday, April 17/12 and was attended by 105 teachers, parents and youth serving agency staff.

Presented by Hamilton's Youth Employment Network (YEN) this free, half-day event was held at the Nicholas Mancini Centre. 

Those attending spend the afternoon visiting displays by 24 youth serving organizations, networking and listening to three presentations.
How Mental Health Issues Affect Youth was presented by Sara McAuley, the Family and Community Coordinator for the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, Hamilton/Niagara Regional Office. 

Visit this link to access Sara's powerpoint presentation.

Social Media, Youth & Employment was presented by Janet Barclay.  Janet has extensive experience in the employment services community in Hamilton and now operates her own business: Organized Assistant. 

Visit this link to access Janet's powerpoint presentation.

Project Pathfinder was presented by Ron McLester, Manager of Aboriginal Education & Student Services and Special Advisor to the Vice President Student Services. 



Community Resource Directory

Resources for youth (and others) ranging from credit counselling, to employment services, to health services, to job search sites, and much more can be found by visiting the Resource Directory housed on  The directory is searchable by city. is a site for workers of all ages that that been laid off from their jobs.  As well as a directory of services, the site offers peer-to-peer support, success stories, polls and tips for those who have been laid off.

Youth Net Hamilton Youth Services Guide

Youth Net Hamilton has a pocket size resource that is distributed to youth participating in Youth Net Hamilton groups.  Click here to access an online copy of the resource with categories such as: education; crisis; food banks; health; jobs and money; housing & shelters, and much more.


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The Youth Employment Network of Hamilton (YEN) identifies, initiates and implements innovative solutions to put ideas and young people to work.


  • To encourage communication, networking and partnership among youth service providers within our community.

  • To identify issues based on research and information from young people and frontline service providers.

  • To initiate and implement innovative solutions using community resources to link young people and work.

Since its inception in 1997, YEN has delivered a number of exciting initiatives and encouraged a commitment to collaboration and cooperation amongst its member agencies. This in turn has increased the range and quality of services available to young people in employment transition.

A few of YEN's accomplishments:


Career Cruiser

YEN looks forward to continuing these efforts and bringing forth new ideas designed to assist youth in successfully and creatively engaging the world of work.


YEN meetings are held bi-monthly, on the second Thursday of the month at 9:00am.  Meeting locations are rotated throughout the community and held at YEN member agencies.