Learning & Capacity Building


CreateAction provides paid-work experiences and career-relevant learning opportunities for young people not in education, employment, or training (NEET) and who are facing systemic barriers to employment. The main goals of the program are to promote pathways to meaningful employment and to improve youth wellbeing.

The CreateAction program is a collaboration between CCEDNet, the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC), and Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) with funding from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Together, CCEDNet, NAFC and SRDC partner to:

  • Recruit employers in community economic development (CED), social innovation and the Friendship Centre Movement (FCM) to participate in the program
  • Approve employers to provide 26-week (6-month) work placements for youth, including supporting youth throughout their placement
  • Pay an hourly wage to youth, which is paid directly by CCEDNet
  • Deliver a peer learning program for youth focused on career development and community building
  • Offer capacity building resources and workshops for employers, including fostering connections between employers
  • Provide youth with complimentary access to dedicated mental health counsellors
  • Conduct an evaluation of the CreateAction program

Beatrice Anane-Bediakoh (she/her)

CreateAction Program and Engagement Manager