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Summer Focus Group Dates:

August:
Tuesday August 20,
Wednesday August 21,
Thursday August 22,
Tuesday August 27,
Wednesday August 28,
Thursday August 29,

We are looking for youth (18-29) and seniors (50+) who can take some time out to be a part of our focus groups. The focus group is specifically for those groups that share the same labour pool filling jobs.

Please contact Danielle Levitt at danielle@firstwork.org for more information.

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New Horizons Better Together Project

Promoting Mentorship, Volunteerism and Intergenerational Learning through Discussions with Older Workers

Issue:

How can we help seniors better understand and cope with the changing nature of work? How do older generations respond to and cope with the existing marketplace and their specific contributions to the world of work? Youth and seniors are the main labour pool filling jobs that were traditionally reserved for young people just entering the workforce. With AI disruption widely affecting the workforce and prompting employees to reskill and upskill in order to manage these drastic changes, this poses a challenge for many older workers – who may occupy entry level jobs, or – who are no longer qualified or suited for the jobs they once held, as technology has rendered these roles obsolete. This is particularly evident in retail and hospitality environments while some older workers are challenged in working with technology. Conversely, younger workers often struggle with managing workplace relationships and developing positive work habits. This recurring pattern is attributed to an introduction of new and improved technology efficiencies – causing disruption at an alarming pace and across the spectrum of entry level and junior roles.

About the New Horizons Project:

This project, a senior inspired initiative, is designed to help seniors better cope with the changing nature of work. Seniors and youth have much to teach one another and the Better Together project will facilitate this by creating an intergenerational mentorship program. This will be made possible through various focus group discussions that will take place over 4-6 weeks.. In these focus groups, participants (consisting of both youth and older workers), will discuss various challenges and opportunities that exist in their current roles that pertain to: the use of technology, networking, relationships and work habits. This is an exceptional opportunity for youth and seniors to mentor each other in ways that help both groups better navigate the new world of work, and which will ultimately culminate into a guide that will be shared with local employers and seniors’ programs, as way to encourage them to create more opportunities for intergenerational mentorship and support.

How to get involved:

Participants Wanted: If you are an older worker (or an employer) and would like to participate in one of a series of upcoming focus groups for the Better Together project, First Work would love to hear from you! Please confirm your interest by providing your name, occupation place of work, and a phone number that we may use to contact you, to: danielle@firstwork.org We look forward to hearing from you and will contact you to confirm your availability and interest in one of the upcoming Better Together Focus Groups. We will respond to all interested participants on an ongoing basis and as needed in order to complete the study.

About First Work:

First Work is a leading membership organization bringing together the best providers of youth programming and employment services, business and industry leadership, academia and government, in developing solutions for youth employment. Our direct engagement with youth ensures our services are relevant, culturally appropriate, and timely. The First Work membership community helps to shape our work and place us in a position to bridge the gap between young people and employment opportunities.

Workforce Development Innovations and Strategic Collaboration:

By tackling complex youth employment-related challenges and finding new, innovative ways forward, First Work Brings together progressive talent who challenge each other to do better. We search and test new approaches for better outcomes, and create strategic alliances to leverage our ability to address employment challenges and increase our collective impact. We find partners who share our commitment to young people and their employment journey.