Ignite is committed to facilitating the growth of young adults so they may become independent, self-supporting, contributing members of society.
A not-for-profit, community-based employer, Ignite uses a leading edge, business entrepreneurial approach to guide marginalized young adults away from negative behaviours, unemployment, and financial dependency to become self-supporting and contributing members of society. Ignite provides an environment of understanding and counselling but also provides a challenge for program participants and reinforces in them the value of work, belonging, and independence.
For program participants, Ignite provides
- consistency in approach and expectations
- encouragement and support
- a learning environment that is accepting, positive, and safe
- a program that is goal-oriented, challenging, and discourages dependency
- meaningful work experiences
- opportunities for participants to take ownership of their learning and their responsibilities
From its start in 1990, the organization has maintained a strong track record, averaging a 75% graduation rate. Seventy per cent of those who complete the program move directly into post-secondary education or the workforce. Graduates of Ignite benefit from the positive, productive futures they build for themselves and their families. The benefits to society are beyond measure.
Ignite’s core program meets a societal need from a business perspective. Each year, 30 to 45 at-risk young adults, aged 18 to 30, are hired by Ignite as apprentices. Their job is to learn – seven and a half hours a day, five days a week. Poor performance and chronic absenteeism are causes for dismissal from the program.
Over 40 weeks, Ignite provides courses in
- academic upgrading
- computer skills
- business skills
- communication skills
- personal development
- driver education
- career orientation
A search for employment completes the program.
To learn more about the Ignite Learning program, please visit the Apprentices page.
A consistently supportive environment is needed for at-risk young adults to change the direction of their lives and develop positive habits and social skills, strengthen academic and employment abilities, and build bright, independent futures. The Ignite Living Program provides opportunities for at-risk young adults to live and work in a strong and healthy community and focuses on a variety of areas, including
- personal fitness
- addiction education
- parenting skills
- positive socialization
- productive work