WHAT THEY DO:
FOR 20 years, the Urban Circle Training Centre has helped train aboriginal people with specific skills to prepare them for the job market.
This community-based organization promotes high school graduation, creates apprenticeship opportunities and helps develop important job and life skills for future employment. Child care, health-care training and teacher assistance programs are just a few of the courses offered at Urban Circle.
Self-love and improvement are also key components used when educating and training students. Counselling is available for those struggling with classes, finances or family.
"We use a holistic approach in training," said Yvonne Landon, financial administrator at Urban Circle. "We also teach aboriginal culture and history in order to promote self-love."
Landon said their special programs have led to high graduation and employment rates among their students. She is one of these success stories.
HOPES FOR THE HOLIDAYS:
Urban Circle is currently trying to launch a daycare program. However, they are short of their fundraising goal.
"Daycare is one of the most important thing for us," said Landon. "It is especially helpful for inner-city parents trying to get an education."
Landon said spreading the word about the success of the organization is important. "It's nice to get our name out there... to let employers know who we are so our students can be accepted into our community."
HOW TO HELP:
To make a donation, please visit Urban Centre's location at 519 Selkirk Ave., phone 589-4433, or email urbancircletraining.com.