ConnectLinc provides comprehensive training certifications necessary for youth to obtain entry-level employment. Certifications will ensure participants are job-ready, with safety as a top priority when entering the job market. Credentials include First Aid and CPR, Mental Health and First Aid, WHMIS, AODA, Safety in the Workplace, and more!
To secure that first job and navigate the labour market, young women and men need the technical skills to perform specific tasks and core work skills: learning to learn, communication, problem-solving, and teamwork. Developing core skills, awareness of workers’ rights, and understanding of entrepreneurship are the building blocks for lifelong learning and the capability to adapt to change. ConnectLinc will teach all of these skills and more to your youth over three weeks, preparing them to safely enter the job market!
ConnectLinc partners with hospitality and tourism leaders within the community to develop course content, provide youth with access to guest lecturers with industry expertise, networking, and employment exposure! Your youth will spend each day being inspired, learning, and gaining exposure to home-grown and local talent including experts from the Employment Help Centre, Vintage Hotels, Domaine Queylus, Peller Estates, Newark Brewing, Conversations Café & Youth Zone, and more!
What is the participant to staff ratio?
Our participant to staff ratio is 12:1.
How many participants are attending?
We welcome up to 36 participants during each session period. ConnectLinc employs 5 full-time staff members each summer.
Do you offer extended care?
Yes! We recognize guardian workdays sometimes extend beyond our 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. camp day, and so we offer extended supervision. Early drop off starts at 8:00 a.m. and late pick-up is offered until 6:00 p.m. You can add this extended supervision before and/or after to your cart at checkout when you register for camp.
What should youth bring to ConnectLinc?
Please make sure the participant brings the following to camp. Note as well, you will receive a Handbook with this and lots of other helpful information:
Lunch and snacks (there is one lunch period and two movement break periods when participants enjoy a small snack). We are a nut free facility, and parents are asked to pack nut free lunches and snacks.
Facial covering (if still required by public health)
Pencil case containing basic school supplies (pencils, erasers, scissors, markers and/or pencil crayons)
Weather appropriate, comfortable clothing (packing a change of clothing is also advisable)
Closed toe and heel shoes must be worn to comply with camp safety rules (preferably running shoes)
Hat and sunglasses (as weather dependent)
Any doctor prescribed medications (ConnectLinc staff will not administer medications except in the case of a life-threatening situation such as administering an EpiPen which is provided by the parent)
Will participants need to bring a device to the program?
No, participants will not need to (and we request that they do not) bring any devices to the program. We are very pleased to provide a laptop for participants at all locations for use at the program, which ensures all youth have equal access to the high-quality technology programming we offer, and to devices which are ready to go for all program activities that they are needed for.
Do you have any subsidies for low-income families or single parents?
As a not for profit, ConnectLinc does not have a formal subsidy program as our fees are already at cost. We suggest parents contact their local service clubs and agencies to enquire about existing summer camp subsidy programs. A call to your local MPP and MP offices could also provide some ideas as to funding.
Do ConnectLinc staff administer medication?
There is at least one staff member at every site that has their First Aid and CPR certification, however, program facilitators DO NOT administer medications (unless it is an emergency such as the use of an EpiPen). If any participant should need medication throughout the day please arrange for a parent or a designate to come and do so. Also, please ensure this information is communicated clearly on the application form when enrolling a participant.
What do sign-in and sign-out procedures look like?
To ensure their safety, all participants must be signed in at the time of drop off and signed out at the time of pick up, by their guardian. Guardians must indicate the names of the authorized persons for pickup on their online registration form and everyone must show identification in order to sign out a youth. You will be required to show identification every day, even if we know you. No youth will be permitted to leave the program without being signed out by an authorized adult. The same safety rules apply to all. Should a parent wish to add an authorized person(s) to the approved pick up and drop of list for their youth, they may email email@example.com.
How do we know where to drop-off and pick-up our youth?
Youth will visit partner sites via bus during the program, but parents will always drop-off and pick-up youth at 4996 Beam St., Beamsville.
What participants do all day?
A typical day at ConnectLinc has lots of activities, training, and guests to keep participants busy and having fun. Each day at ConnectLinc features a mix of personal choice, small group, and large group activities curated to maximize skill readiness and development. Your Youth will be kept active and busy all day, learning, achieving, and gaining first-hand employment experience.
How can this program provide an inclusive space for youth with exceptionalities?
We pride ourselves on creating an inclusive space where all participants feel safe and welcome in. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to accommodate for your adolescents' success. Please note, we are unable to offer 1:1 care.
How can this program accommodate for participants with dietary restrictions and food allergies?
Please let staff know of any dietary restrictions or food allergies upon registration. Participants will be asked to pack their own lunch every day and thus can control what they have. Occasionally, if food is served, we will take all precautions necessary to ensure people’s safety.
Please note that this is a nut free environment!
How can I obtain more information?
After registering, you will receive a comprehensive participant manual answering frequently asked questions, detailed instructions and general information. If you have any lingering questions, feel free to email Melanie, our Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org