WINNIPEG — A new hot dog cart is grilling up employment opportunities for at-risk youth at Marymound.
Through the SWEEP (Student Work Experience Education Program), youth are getting working world experience with the “Grillin’ 4 Good” cart.
“The hot dog cart is a real job in every respect. The difference is that support is available to youth managing difficult life situations and change — circumstances that can get in the way of getting or keeping a job,” said Tyler Pearce, LITE executive director, the charitable organization behind the initiative.
Local Investment Toward Employment provided a $1,500 grant towards the cart.
One of the cart’s employees, Robert, says although he had one prior job, landing in the care of CFS took him down a dark road where he didn’t want to do anything.
“But coming into this program, they’ve helped me get moved to the next step forward,” he said.
“For young adults aging out of care, like Robert, job experience is vital for their future success in the job market,” added Pearce. “Grillin’ 4 Good is the kind of project that LITE donors are looking to support – projects that make impact now and in the future.”
The hot dog cart will be operating on Wednesday, August 24 outside Cree-ations, 586 Main Street, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.