Our team designed and launched the outcome focused Digital Skills Youth Internship Program. It started as a Pilot – Dan Trepanier

DSYIP gave professionals the chance to help a young person (30 and under) build skills, develop confidence and benefit from the guidance and support of a mentor. Internships were full-time 16-20 weeks in length; practical, broadly based assignments that help a motivated person develop transferable skills needed to be successful. Opportunities were offered in a wide variety of fields such as knowledge-based technology, digital-skills, administration, the environment and more!


Dynamism, energy, dedication as well as a commitment to make the most out of the opportunity they are offered. Mentor gained the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of young people.

Mentoring is an important professional competency. Challenging and coaching an Intern sharpens one’s skills and brings new insights and enthusiasm to the workplace. It really is a win-win situation for both Mentor and Intern  — Dan Trepanier, National Project Manager

Any private, public, non-profit and charitable sectors in Canada could submit an on-line application and host an intern. Once an internship application is approved the employer selected the right candidate for an interview.

PROVIDE INVALUABLE EXPERIENCE. Sponsored by the Federal Government, delivered in partnership with the YMCA and proudly led by my amazing team of creative staff!

Our reach transcended geographic boundaries as we used digital engagement resources to connect with many diverse communities across Canada.

The primary aim of this highly successful initiative was to;

  • Build, test, launch, and maintain a bilingual on-line Intern and Mentor Application system. The YMCA has matched, and in some cases surpassed the financial investment of Government in the development of this system.
  • Recruit and obtain the right volume of host organization and post-secondary applications to ensure the suitable number of Mentor-Intern “matches”.
  • Match and place 64 Post-Secondary students and graduates (aged 15-30 yrs.) from diverse backgrounds in paid internship opportunities within the private, public, non-profit and charitable sectors to begin their internship learning experience and have the majority of them on payroll by April 1, 2012
  • Place Interns in career-related work experiences that help them acquire both digital skills and advanced employment skills in their field of study, and to make a transition to the labour market or return to school.
  • Place interns in British Columbia, the territories, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic.