ERIC Number: ED349454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Youth Career Centre of Calgary: A Rationale for the Development of a Community-Based Centre for Meeting the Career Development Needs of Youth.
Paseluikho, Michele; Magnusson, Kris
A Youth Career Centre in South Alberta has been proposed to fulfill the career development needs of youth. The center should be based on the tenets of career development theory that suggest that five basic processes are necessary to facilitate the career development of youth: initiation, exploration, decision making, preparation, and implementation. Results of a survey of community services for the career development of youth in Calgary showed no single service providing assistance in all basic career planning processes. The following gaps in the service network have been identified: lack of interagency collaboration; need for collaboration between business, schools, and agencies; need for services with mandates to help youth in specific age parameters; lack of consistency in program delivery; service delivery hindered by inadequate funding; service deliverers and educators overwhelmed by the enormous needs of youth in the city; services spread throughout the city and difficult for some youth to access them; career development with an occupational and not a life-planning and life-roles focus; over emphasis on skills development; inadequacy of the system's capacity to deal with dropouts; reactive rather than proactive services; and poorly marketed services. Interviews with Calgary practitioners regarding these gaps and needs resulted in overwhelming support for a centralized, specialized youth career center. The complexities of the problems suggest that services need to be multifaceted. (Contains 32 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alberta (Calgary)
Note: Paper presented at the National Consultation on Vocational Counseling (18th, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, January 21-23, 1992).