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Feature of the month | September 2009

What better time of year to highlight a website for youth than when they’re heading back to school or seriously contemplating the work world!

Youth Skills, a project of Literacy Link South Central based in London, Ontario, is for young people aged 16 to 21 who are interested in exploring their learning needs and career goals. Taking an entertaining and interactive approach, the website offers useful exercises and resources that will help youth get on the right track to post-secondary education and/or meaningful employment.

Tamara Kaattari, executive director of Literacy Link South Central, says Youth Skills and its unique assessment tools were designed to appeal to the younger generation.

“We recognize that youth are a different group to engage in literacy,” she said. “We wanted to meet them on their ground and create an attractive online presence that is both interesting and practical from their perspective. The website gives them the opportunity to think about their skills and the role their skills play in their everyday lives.”

Highlights of the Youth Skills website include a Choose Your Life interactive book that depicts 12 possible life/work scenarios and YouTube videos on youth employment strategies, the pitfalls of dropping out of high school, and basic tips about job applications, resumés and cover letters.

To view Youth Skills go to

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