Engaging and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders (Guest commentary)

Career conference provides non-traditional forum for encouraging high-priority students
By Kareena Elliston
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/10/2008

Too many Canadian youth are entering the labour market untrained, despite the fact the majority of jobs out there require at least a high school education.

Numbers from the Toronto District School Board show 50 per cent of black students are failing and dropping out of school before Grade 12. Therefore, it’s apparent an innovative approach to engaging and inspiring students is necessary to improve the trajectory of their post-secondary-school lives.

To change this trend, a fresh look at what it takes to engage and advance ethnically diverse students, particularly of African Canadian heritage, is required. One solution lies with progressive business and thought leaders sparking a new dialogue with youth and, in effect, closing the information gap. By creating rich opportunities that connect ethnically diverse professionals with students of similar backgrounds, these statistics could become a thing of the past.