Smart Start Youth Employment Program
Smart Start is a life changing program that helps women+ from 15 to 30 set and
achieve education and employment goals and work towards financial self-sufficiency.
Smart Start participants are paid a training allowance, earn wages, and receive
dependent care, transportation and other supports to enable them to focus on their
future. If you are a woman+ living in Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Hastings or
Prince Edward County, and are not currently working or in school, we encourage you
BOLD FUTURES for Women
BOLD FUTURES is a new Girls Inc. Limestone program that helps women+ who
self-identify as living with a physical, mental and/or developmental disability increase
economic participation and financial independence. Disabilities include anxiety,
depression, addiction, PTSD, and others.The Girls Inc. staff team also works directly
with community employers through a range of supports to diversify workplaces and to
create inclusive and accessible work environments for employees with disabilities.To
find out more about both of these programs designed to increase the opportunities
for financial independence, please click here for more detail and to apply.
Employers interested in hosting a Girls Inc. participant in their workplace can find
out more by contacting:
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Girls Ed Program
Girls Ed provides prevention and intervention based programs for school-aged girls+
throughout our service district. Our programs are evidence-based and deliver
experiences that help girls and young women navigate gender, economic, and social
barriers. Our programs are always free to ensure accessibility for all girls.
Groups for girls take place in a wide variety of formats including in school during class
time, after school programs, lunch time programs, summer day camp, winter break and
March break camps. We also provide individual and family support and an annual girl
conference! You can learn more about our Girls Ed Program and the topics and support
provided for community girls in our Agency Overview.To find out how you can host a
Girls Ed group at your school or for a group of girls, please contact:
Justine Marchand, Girls Ed Program Manager
• School-aged girls+ - typically 6 to 18
• Youth 15 to 30 - based on the Canadian federal definition of youth
• Families of Girls Inc. participants with no age limitations
• Women+ experiencing trauma with no age limitations.
Girls Inc. provides individual support for girls+ and their families and former program
participants who need information, advice, follow-up support or community referral.
We also provide COVID-19 recovery support for women+ who continue to experience
trauma and/or economic crisis. For more information on these support options,
please call our office at (613) 542-9202.