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It takes a large network of people passionate about helping youth to stock the annual Prom Boutique with fashionable formal wear for the more than 500 teens who visit each year.

As the manager of New Circles’ employment training programs, Joanna Jaskielewicz works closely with clients, volunteer facilitators and program partners to deliver the Retail Foundations, Business Office Skills and Leaders in Service Training programs.

On March 2, New Circles opened its doors to local community service agencies. Eighty individuals from 45 different agencies attended information sessions, took tours through GLOW, and spent time networking with New Circles staff and other service providers.

On a sunny afternoon in February, fifteen newly-certified graduates from our retail training program gathered with family and friends to celebrate their success.

The retail industry may be disrupted, but it is certainly not collapsing. This was a key message at a recent roundtable that brought together retailers and non-profits to discuss how community-based training initiatives can help fill the hiring gap.

This May, youth from across the city who are facing economic barriers will come to New Circles to shop for the perfect prom outfit. There are many ways to get involved, from organizing a Prom Drive, to donating clothing, to making a financial contribution.

"This morning, I reflect on a journey that started out with hesitant, tentative steps. We see just how far we have come...it has been an honour and a privilege being part of this journey with you all."

Where can you see a knight in shining armour, Captain America, and a Storm Trooper all in one room? At the annual Spooktacular, of course!

On August 19, twenty-one newly-certified Retail Associates graduated from New Circles’ youth retail skills program after seven weeks of learning and more than 45 hours of work experience in GLOW.

“No young person should be held back due to financial barriers.” These are the words of 18 year-old Vicky Vo, a recent high school graduate and aspiring neurologist

Notebooks. A fresh pack of pencils. New gym clothes. These are things many kids look forward to picking out before the start of the school year – and that also help them get the most out of their education.

In June, Sheqofah and her daughter Nazanin sat down with New Circles to share their family’s settlement journey.