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The Evolution of Head Start In Business

The Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative is the brainchild of the North Claybelt Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC). What began as a pilot program in 2001 to help youth at risk has evolved into a series of nine programs designed to encourage young people between the ages of 4 and 34 to explore and develop entrepreneurial skills. The programming covers a continuum of age-appropriate material that helps participants envision entrepreneurship as a viable career option in Northern Ontario.


Service Canada/ FedNor funded Youth Entrepreneurship Program for youth at risk in Kapuskasing  and was initiated by North Claybelt CFDC.


The very first Youth Enterprise Camp was piloted by North Claybelt CFDC in Moonbeam at Camp Cadanac with seven campers.


Consecutive contracts were secured to continue to expand the Youth Entrepreneurship mandate through North Claybelt CFDC, The Regional Youth Enterprise Camp project was initiated during this time, this project included NordAski, The Venture Centre, KDCDC and South Temiskaming CFDCs (500 participants).


Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative– North Claybelt CFDC with six partnering CFDC’s was started as an adhoc project of the group of seven.  ( Seven CFDCs working collaboratively with seven CFDCs along the Quebec border)  NordAski, The Venture Centre, KDCDC, South Temiskaming, NECO, Economic Partners.  (4365 participants).


Northeast Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative grew to include all 13 Northeastern Ontario CFDCs – The continuum of programming was built starting with curriculum connected programming such as Create a Logo and Market Your Thoughts  (5995 participants).


Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative – growth to Northwestern Ontario of the initiative to include all 24 Northern Ontario CFDCs- (20,000 youth).


Pan Northern inclusive project, rebranded as Head Start In Business- Northern Ontario continues the important work of culture development in Northern Ontario.