On behalf of First Work, we want to thank you for attending the Futures’20 Virtual Conference.

#Futures20    #BuildingUnity

32nd Annual FUTURES conference is taking place October 27 to 29, 2020

3-days of Professional Development, Knowledge Sharing & Networking

400 + delegates from 100 + organizations, agencies, employers and funders

2020 Theme: Building Unity In Transformation

As leaders of youth workforce development, how can we create a workforce revolution and thrive in a brave new world of youth employment services? Join us and 500 other industry colleagues at Futures 2020 to learn about best practices, share ideas, and build on your knowledge to advance a well-designed workforce development ecosystem for youth across the province and beyond.

Attending Futures19 was great network of service delivery providers in a beautiful area to continue standing committed together and learn more and more in order to improve outcomes for clients and change people’s life for better 🙂

Minoo Moshirpour
YMCA Employment & Community Services - Mississauga, ON

Futures Conference is the best networking opportunity for youth service providers. Its an opportunity to connect and unwind in a lovely venue while learning & reflecting.

Gillian Watters
KEYS - Kingston, ON

I enjoyed the beautiful venue, the interactive sessions and the great company!

Marie Hutchison-Edwards
Community Employment Services - Woodstock, ON

Well-organized. I had no idea what to expect and I had hoped that I would gain much learning out of the experience. I was truly impressed. Overall, it was a wonderful experience for me, at least as a first timer.

Stephanie Edozie
John Howard Society of Durham Region, ON

The experience to network, learn, share, and discuss the advancement of innovative practices that support youth employment with so many committed and brilliant individuals is invaluable.

Christina Barrow
John Howard Society of Durham Region, ON

Great conference with great information presented and shared during networking opportunities. Great to be connected to so many people in the field.

Wanda Jacobs
Fanshawe College - Simcoe Campus, ON

Positive learning experience, lots of information and resources to share with my organization team members. The free flow sessions excellent and provided informative information. I attended only 1 session that gave printout of presentation which was helpful now I am looking back and reviewing content of sessions attended

Tracey McConnell
Goodwill Industries Ontario Great Lakes Career Centre - London, ON

There was a lot of very useful information. I can’t wait to share my experience and information with my ED and colleagues. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to have been part of this conference. Wednesday nights meal was fantastic and the improve was a lot of fun too. Over all my first experience was amazing. Thank you.

Tina Swaenepoel
Elgin / St. Thomas Youth Employment Counseling Centre (YECC) - St. Thomas, ON

Workshops and learning were awesome. The topics were very valuable, meaningful and I left with a lot of knowledge to bring back to my team.

Connor Starks
YMCA of Greater Toronto - Richmond Hill, ON

Futures19 is a conference that I would recommend to every employment service organization. I highly think that they should send their staff, both front line and management to this event. The workshops are not only informative, but they are also fun and interactive. The added bonus to attending this conference for me was the opportunity to meet and have conversations with people from across Canada who have the same passion as you which is helping youth find employment. What an amazing three days!

Aisha Isaac
Youth Employment Services, Toronto, ON

I appreciate the size of the event. I feel like it draws a variety of organizations and roles, while not being so big that you were unable to find the same humans you’ve connected with before. I also really appreciated the pacing of the schedule with the networking breaks.

Gabriella Evans
Youth Employment Services, Toronto, ON

Attending Futures19 was a great experience to see where we measure up with other agencies. Allows us to learn more of what’s to come in the foreseeable future, and welcomes a collaboration of discussions among all service providers in a neutral setting to discuss shortfalls and successes to continue improving services to the community in need.

Vita Fiore
New Canadians' Centre of Excellence Inc. (NCCE) - Windsor, ON

What's New

Dollar Store Met Gala

We are taking this year's costume contest to the digital stage of Twitter and Instagram with the theme of Dollar Store Met Gala.

Using only items from the dollar store, re-create your favourite Met Gala looks or themes or better yet – come up with your own as an organization!

Post a picture of your dollar store creation with the hashtag #DollarStoreMetGala on social will be your ‘entry ticket’ – with voting taking place by number of ‘likes’ by your colleagues. The contest winner will receive a $100 gift card