The Accelerator Program is a grassroots initiative which aims to help homeless and at-risk youth escape the cycle of poverty by helping them to use tech skills to advance their employment, entrepreneurship, and personal goals.
The Accelerator Project is designing a pilot program which includes:
Our goal is to pilot our program with interested delivery partners from both the tech sector (including employers), government and the social service sector.
- Skills training to equip participants with specific in-demand tech skills
- Access to the right wrap-around supports such as shelter, financial support for education, life skills training that a participant might need so that they can focus on their learning
- Access to the tech job market and other opportunites through internships, mentorship, and community networks
The Accelerator Team’s role is to develop the pilot program using evidence-based, human centred design that can be implemented with interested delivery partners.
October-November 2019: Our team tries out a more structured curriculum with the residents of YMCA Sprott House.
July-September 2019: Our team provides drop-in coding lessons each Saturday from 2-5 p.m at St. Felix (69 Fraser Avenue).
November 27, 2018: Conducted consultation & co-design session with 20+ stakeholders from across the private, public, and non-profit sectors to identify potential barriers to youth employment and laid the groundwork for future consultations, research, and co-creation.
You can read about the results of our consultation by downloading this pdf.
Who we Are
We are a volunteer-based team of public servants, programmers, designers, researchers and other professionals who are passionate about empowering homeless youth through education.
Get In TouchIf you would like to volunteer, partner, or donate, please contact us here.