The Jeunes volontaires program gives you a chance to acquire skills while working on a project of your own design. You can develop and carry out a project in a field that interests you; for example, agriculture, the arts, culture, communications, the environment, community services, tourism, or any other area.
You can get assistance and advice to help prepare you for work. Through your Jeunes volontaires project, you can:
You must devote at least 20 hours a week to your project, which must run for between 9 and 52 weeks.
Throughout the project, you will also be able to:
To participate in this program, you must:
Note that a Jeunes volontaires project may be developed by either one person or a group of up to seven people.
There are three steps involved in developing a project.
First, you must meet with an employment assistance officer at your local employment center (CLE) to discuss your project. If the Jeunes volontaires program really meets your needs, you will be given all of the information, documents and assistance needed to develop your project.
You must then partner with an organization in your community that has experience related to your project. It can be a non-profit organization, a private enterprise or a self-employed worker.
Lastly, you must pitch your project to an advisory committee composed of volunteers from your community. For this, you will be accompanied by the organization partnering in your project. The advisory committee will then recommend that Emploi-Québec either approve or refuse your project.
Emploi-Québec will grant you an employment assistance allowance and an operating budget for project-related expenses. Training expenses, if applicable, may also be reimbursed.
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