Ladder 2 Rise is a connector – with primary goal of connecting Youth to Corporate Partners, Community Partners, and Guardians. At Ladder 2 Rise, we believe that we all play a critical role in our youths’ support wheel, and we will support as an anchor to Lift, Inspire, Fuel and Empower our youth, so that together, we can truly RISE as a community. With an emphasis on Diversity and Inclusion, the program centers on ensuring inclusion of all youth irrespective of their intersectional identifies, culture, race, gender or other. The Ladder 2 Rise Program is designed with three key programming elements to include Lift and Inspire through annual Take a Youth to work Day program, centered on youth exposure to the available careers and streams. Our aim is to ignite our youths’ curiosity and guide them towards the many possibilities that exist. Our second pillar is Fuel and Nourish, centered on providing ongoing mentorship to our youth, fuelling and nourishing them with information, resources, guidance and support, focused to youth in grades 10-12. Our last programming pillar is Empower and Soar – focused to providing the bridge for youth transitioning out of secondary school (high school). This pillar aims to provide entry points and access to summer, winter, co-op and or other placement alternatives for both paid and education based programming.