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Young People & Nonprofit Work

The future of the charitable work force in Canada can be seen in how charities and nonprofits hire, engage and retain young early-career workers. With expectations of talent gaps down the road, these workers are essential to the long-term sustainability of the sector. 


Young People & Nonprofit Work

Released: May 2017

Through a series of interviews with young workers, we gained insights into the experiences, aspirations and challenges these individuals face as they explore a career in the nonprofit sector.


  • Young people’s reasons for seeking nonprofit work
  • Challenges of securing initial employment in the nonprofit sector
  • Barriers to staying employed in nonprofits
  • Recommendations for nonprofits on how to support young workers
    • How to decrease barriers for young people entering the nonprofit sector
    • How to engage young workers to increase their likelihood of staying in the nonprofit sector

Download the paper (PDF)


Additional Reading:

A Call to Action on Youth Employment

Secrets from young people on how to hire for entry-level positions

4 myths about young people and nonprofit work

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