BGCBigs Youth Newsletter | October 2022
BGCBigs wants to keep you informed on all things in the community and in youth employment
NetWORK Youth Employment is BACK!

We are happy to announce that the netWORK Youth Employment is here! This is a program for youth who are 14 years old and above looking for support with employment and career development.

RBC Future Launch Scholarship
The RBC Future Launch Scholarship is currently open for applications on a rolling basis. This scholarship is exclusively for youth aged 15-29 who are not in school or only studying part time. Valued at $1,500, funds can be used for learning opportunities including short-term courses, workshops, certificates, online training; and other expenses related to advancing skills.
Do you know a young person in your community who could benefit from this support? Please share this opportunity widely. Applications are accepted and scholarships are granted on a rolling basis. Youth are encouraged to choose a learning opportunity and apply today! 
RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Indigenous Youth
The RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Indigenous Youth will be open for applications between September 28th and December 1st, 2022.
This scholarship is awarded to 20 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada every year, and is valued at up to $10,000 per year, renewable for up to four years. Candidates must have applied to, or be registered to attend a post-secondary institution in the 2023/24 school year, full-time.
Learn about the difference these scholarships made for our 2022 recipients here.
Please share this opportunity widely. 

Other RBC Future Launch Resources for Youth
Please find a brochure for you to share in print or electronically outlining some of the great resources available through Future Launch to young people across Canada.

Finishing Highschool This Year?

Are you finishing high school this year and thinking about continuing education? Did you know that many schools offer open houses? Some schools even offer free application through their open houses!

Explore School and Program Options

Are you unsure what school or options you have for next year. Explore these links that provide a guide for post secondary!

Alis How to Apply for Free Money

Alis is a Government of Alberta website designed to help support Albertans with thier next steps. if you are looking for support with Grants, Schoolarship applications, or Student Aid Alberta they can help!

Power of Mentoring

Virtual opportunities for young leaders ages 18-29. These experiences are designed to help young leaders expand and diversify their professional networks, skills, and career growth opportunities.

Level Up Your Career Development in Partnership with RBC
October 4 | 2:00-3:00pm ET | Register Here
With the support of RBC professionals, this Power of Mentoring event will provide insight into how you can stand out, successfully navigate interviews, and demonstrate the value you can bring to a team. You can use the tips and tricks provided in this session to build confidence and level up your resume, cover letter, networking, and interview skills. If you have any questions regarding this experience, please reach out to our event facilitator at

Deloitte Impact Day: Power of Mentoring
October 21 | 10:30-12:00pm ET AND/OR 2:00-3:30pm ET | Register Here (see attached flyer)
Deloitte is teaming up with MENTOR Canada to host its premier virtual career mentoring experiences during Impact Day 2022 on Friday, October 21 – there are two time slots available and each will feature different leaders. Deloitte professionals representing diverse demographics, geographies, and career experiences will engage with young leaders ages 18-29 from across Canada in informal career mentoring conversations. Mentors and young leaders will opt into topics during registration (interview prep & practice, career exploration, goal setting & achievement) and have the opportunity to engage in two rounds of breakout discussions in the session following a short, facilitated panel discussion with Deloitte leaders. The mentoring experiences are designed to support young leaders in developing and/or enhancing skills and insights that support the achievement of academic, career, and life goals. If you have any questions regarding this experience, please reach out to our event facilitator at

ON the Job Old Navy Shadow Program
ON the Job is a job shadow program offered by Old Navy where participants can have fun and learn real job skills, with a possibility of being hired. While teens that are 14 & 15 are able to participate in the program, only youth who are 16+ can be legally hired.

This October Old Navy is willing to host a shadowing opportunity in 6 of their stores. If you would like to sign up please do so through here
YMCA Youth Programs
YMCA offers free opportunities for youth that are designed to help youth work on some personal goals (i.e., self esteem, anger management) and also engage in workshops that build hard skills (i.e., babysitting course, music program,)

Check out their calendar and email to register for the following virtual workshop sessions: Self-Care and Mindfulness, Healthy Relationships, Job Readiness, RoomXI Music Program, Anger Management, Self-Esteem and Peer Pressure

Aramark is Hiring Food Service Positions at the University of Alberta

Do you need support in finishing your high school or need employment skills? The Hallway Cafe & Takeaway Program has some spots available fo their 17 week pre-employment program.

The Hallway Café & Takeaway Program
  • Serves youth aged 16-24 years
  • Offers Fresh Start School to earn credits towards a high school diploma (school is located in City Hall)
  • Offers work-readiness and life skills training program

email @ to register

We need your help!
In conjunction with the Edmonton Elks and the Grid Iron Gang, we will be selling raffle tickets and spreading awareness for Kids Up Front at the remaining Edmonton Elks home games. 
Remaining home games are: 
  • October 1 @ 2:00 PM
  • October 15 @ 5:00 PM
  • October 21 @ 7:30 PM

Time commitment is as follows: required to arrive at Commonwealth Stadium one hour before game time and stay until the end of the third quarter. (Approx. 3 hours in length). You are welcome to volunteer with a colleague, friend, family member, or we can pair you up with another individual. 
If you are available for any of the above dates, please fill out your information here: and a representative will be in touch with you
YMCA Y Mind Program

Y Mind is a free seven-week group mental wellness program delivered to teens aged 13 to 18 and youth aged 18 to 30 who experience mild to moderate anxiety. Youth learn effective skills to cope with symptoms of anxiety and engage in early-intervention mental wellness support in a safe environment that connects others who have similar experiences.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or more information on accessing this new program.
Aaron Teel,
Program Supervisor, Mental Health | Edmonton, Grand Prairie, Red Deer & Wood Buffalo
YMCA of Northern Alberta
9538 103a Ave, Edmonton, AB T5H013 | Treaty No. 6 Territory
P: 780 905-3410
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City of Edmonton

  • For kids 8-17 years
  • $15/month or drop in for $2/day
  • Anyone ages 8+ can go to the pool and gym on their own. They need to be 12+ to use the fitness centre and will need to take a Youth in Action course which is free with this pass.
  • Youth need to scan in between 1- 530pm, but can stay all evening.
City of Edmonton

  • Programs offered by non profit groups for free at various recreation centres (some of which are offered by FCSS funded agencies). 
  • Some programs are drop-in and some are registered. 
  • Some of the registered programs have their information up on the website and for some it is coming soon.
Need More Information
Contact Us!
Please reach out to our Youth Employment Coordinator Muna Abdulfatah Ahmed for more information, questions or concerns.
780 699-8506