Insights from the Black Career Advancement Program and Power of Networking Workshop

The Black Career Advancement Program, a collaborative effort between the Black Founders Network (BFN) and the Federation of Black Canadians (FBC) was launched in July. Designed to cater to Black youth between the ages of 16 and 35 in Ontario who are actively seeking employment, this program offers an invaluable opportunity for skill development and professional growth. The initiative strives to equip Black youth with the essential skills required to thrive in a broad spectrum of career paths, ensuring that they are well-prepared to succeed in their chosen fields.

One of the most remarkable facets of this program is its dedication to fostering meaningful connections between Black youth and the best Black-led companies across Canada. In so doing, the Black Career Advancement Program addresses the critical need for diversity and representation in the professional realm. This aspect of the program provides 20 Black founders in Ontario with a unique opportunity to directly hire talent from their own community, thereby strengthening the local Black business ecosystem.

Through paid work placements, the program serves as a bridge between talented young individuals and pioneering enterprises that are not only Black-led but also committed to providing inclusive and equitable work environments. If you’re a Black youth based in Ontario and are seeking job opportunities in the upcoming months, don’t miss this chance! Sign up now through our talent intake form, or share with someone who should!

The “Power of Networking” workshop held in anticipation of several exciting upcoming events in the ecosystem, including Elevate Tech, the FBC x SFL Impact Gala, the BFUTR Global Tech Summit, and BFN’s Demo Day, served as a pivotal opportunity for participants to refine their networking skills and make the most of these upcoming opportunities.

The event, which held on September 21st, featured a lineup of industry experts, including Justina Kanza, Tobi Mohammed, and Reginald Oblitey, who shared their insights and wisdom on a range of critical networking strategies. Participants had the chance to learn how to connect with industry leaders, mentors, and peers. They also received guidance on navigating networking events, crafting an impressive elevator pitch, and making a lasting impression, skills essential for any professional setting.

Additionally, the event emphasized the importance of building authentic and lasting professional relationships that can open doors to unforeseen opportunities. This initiative was a prime example of how organizations like FBC and BFN are committed to equipping individuals with the tools and knowledge they need to excel in their careers and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.

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