There is a need for host families here in St. John’s for the YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange program.
A recent article in The Telegram generated interest in the program and it is that interest that generated applications for students to come here and participate in the program.
There is a need for host families here so francophone youth from Quebec can experience life in Newfoundland and Labrador and participate in the program that allows those youth cultural and work opportunities.
“We are really struggling with finding host families. We have the numbers for youth here, but not host families,’’ Nicole Withers, support co-ordinator, Newfoundland and Labrador & Prince Edward Island, Summer Work Student Exchange said Wednesday.
“If you know anyone that can host a youth here in St. John's, as an alternate host, please have them apply at www.summer-work.com,” she added.
The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange is a six-week national summer program for youth ages 16 and 17. The exchange is happening in St. John’s from June 30 to Aug. 15.
Supported through the Department of Canadian Heritage, the program is entering its 12th summer and includes the participation of more than 650 young people from across the country.
Participating youth can improve their second official language skills and gain important employment experience through a work placement while on an exchange.
Those who may have an interest are asked to go to www.summer-work.com and apply now. At worst, the name will be placed on a waiting list.