There are countless success stories when it comes to the municipality’s Youth Live Program, but one story stands out as it’s within our municipal team.
Lexie Macpherson joined Youth Live, a program offering 24 weeks of paid work experience and life skill building for youth who face employment barriers. Today, she works as a Bus Operator for Halifax Transit and has been with the team since 2018.
In her own words, Lexie shared about the impact Youth Live has had on her career aspirations:
“Youth Live helped me gain the skills and knowledge to obtain the job I have now as a Bus Operator for Halifax Transit. The best memories I have of Youth Live is Rick always singing while doing carts and all the laughs I shared with the staff. A few things I love about Halifax Transit are my co-workers, the positive energy in my workplace and being Captain of my own bus.”
Initially, Lexie decided on a career with Transit when the opportunity presented itself at a recruitment session. She wanted to see if she could rise to the challenge and be successful in this type of role. Turns out she succeeded at both and everyone at the municipality is proud to have her onboard.
The Youth Live Program is currently accepting applications for the next 16-person cohort beginning in late April. Throughout the program, participants receive on-the-job training and mentorship opportunities as well as take part in skill-building modules designed to prepare participants for future employment.
As the Youth Live team gears up for the next round, Program Manager, Paul Forrest shared this sentiment:
“It continues to be very inspiring to see the energy the participants and staff bring to the Program. Youth Live provides a great opportunity for participants to gain real work experience, and it is extremely exciting to know we are helping them move onto successful employment and careers both within and outside the municipality.”