Neighbourhood Empowerment & Resource Centre
About Neighbourhood Empowerment & Resource Centre
Neighborhood Empowerment and Resource Centre (NEARC Inc.) is a Winnipeg-based newcomer-youth serving not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization which promotes youth economic empowerment, engagement, leadership, networking, capacity building and ultimately leading towards meaningful job for the newcomer youth. We provide recreational opportunities to newcomer youth where possible
It is an emerging organization led by well-experienced professionals with long mileage in the development fields. NEARC Inc. works in partnership with other like-minded organizations, thus creating a synergy in actions with limited resources, ensuring positive impetus of service excellence to help newcomer youths.
Through intensive research, community consultations, leadership engagement and youth interactions NEARC has developed an innovative and unique approach to integrate Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in partnership with Indigenous partner Returning to Spirit Inc. This initiative ‘Pathways to Reconciliation (P2R)’ plans to engage wide array of stakeholders to help paving the bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, reducing the residual impacts of colonization, and promoting harmony in the society. To show our commitment and respect, NEARC Inc. has inducted an Indigenous member as our Board of Director. NEARC Inc. would endeavor to engage more board members from Indigenous ancestry in future.
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NEARC Inc. strongly believes addressing the skills needs of newcomer youth is central to our Youth Leadership & Livelihoods Strategy (YOLLS). The main objective the YOLLS is to improve youth employability in Manitoba, while also strengthening ties between the private sector, local schools, colleges, and universities. NEARC Inc. believes the YOLLS is certainly making critical breakthroughs in bridging the gap between the education system and the labor market. It has launched key initiative under the YOLLS which is Enabling Workforce in Manitoba (ENWIN). The ENWIN is a tri-party initiative between Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), a Federal Department and Manitoba Education & Training (MET), a Provincial Department.
We are making strides in this endeavor, and that is why we are celebrating our partnership with the ESDC, MET, and Success Skills Centre (SSC). Its success in strengthening the connection between newcomer job seekers, employers and educators. As a pilot project, Winnipeg School Division has granted formal approval to do a focus group research to identify unmet needs of the newcomer students in two high schools.
Newcomer youth who have completed the various capacity building training, work-internship, or placement programs have gained confidence and while creating a more positive outlook on their employment prospects.