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SERA (Social Enterprise Rural Alliance) has been working with the Brock Youth Centre to develop their youth entrepreneurship program and work with youth to engage in social/environmental business practices.

“The [BOOST] Youth Entrepreneurship Program has given me the confidence, experience and knowledge to be a successful entrepreneur. Without the program I would not know the first thing about starting my own business and creating the job of my dreams”

-BOOST Participant

Since 2013, some key highlights are:

  • Over 20 youth have been engaged to develop their business ideas.
  • Over 50% of youth in the program have created their own employment opportunities
  • Outreach in the community has gathered multiple sponsorships, mentorships and support for youth in the community.
  • Youth organize and deliver the yearly Bunkland Skate Fest – the largest youth event in Brock Township.
  • 2 youth operate their businesses on a main street storefront.
  • 1 youth (Simon Southwell) received considerable media attention on the front page of the Toronto Star, CTV News and Global TV.

Examples of youth businesses starting up:

  • Giant Display Pumpkins
  • Tattoo studio
  • Nails and Aesthetics
  • Photography
  • Clothing and Apparel
  • Art
  • Skateboard Lessons
  • …and many more!

The BOOST Program is funded by South Lake Community Futures Development Corporation and the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment.