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A Time for Reflection

A Time for Reflection

Posted Jun 17th, 2021 in News & Updates

In contemplation of human disconnectedness, author Leo Buscaglia once wrote, “too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” So let’s find small, honest, and meaningful ways to connect and grow as a more thoughtful community.

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Tips for Soothing The New-Job-Jitters

Tips for Soothing The New-Job-Jitters

Posted Jun 10th, 2021 in Career Tips and Advice

After all the job searching and applications, interviews and patient waiting, you got the job! Let the Work Action Centre relieve those new job jitters with these helpful do’s and don’ts. The Work Action Centre offers a wide range of services and the support is always tailored to meet the individual needs and goals of each participant. Whether you are looking for traditional employment or at self-employment, the team at 203 Church Street will help you overcome barriers with respect, compassi...

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Understanding LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada

Understanding LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada

Posted Jun 3rd, 2021 in Research and Advocacy

In honour of Pride Month, we wanted to share some of the advocacy and research exceptional organizations like The 519, Homeless Hub, Canadian Coalition Against LGBTQ+ Poverty (CCALP), Re:searching for LGBTQ2S+ Health, and Canadian Mental Health Association have shared over this growing issue of LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada.

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Dress for Success: Looking Good for Your Interview

Dress for Success: Looking Good for Your Interview

Posted May 20th, 2021 in Career Tips and Advice

First impressions matter when going for a job interview. Here at Start Me Up Niagara's Work Action Centre, we have put together a list of how to make the right statement and get your dream job. At Start Me Up Niagara, we offer services to support people facing significant challenges such as poverty, homelessness, unemployment, disabilities, addictions, and mental illness. Our goal is to provide opportunities for these individuals to help them increase their level of self-sufficiency and impr...

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5 Tips to Take Your Job Interview Skills to the Next Level

5 Tips to Take Your Job Interview Skills to the Next Level

Posted May 10th, 2021 in Career Tips and Advice

So you got the interview! Now what? Here at the Work Action Centre, we know that being prepared for the interview is critical to getting the position. Follow these tips to enhance your interview success. Start Me Up Niagara’s Work Action Centre is dedicated to helping you organize your job search process. If you are interested in growing your own small business or exploring career options, reach out to us TODAY for more information on how we can help. Please call us at 289-438-3939.

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Poverty, Homelessness, and Start Me Up Niagara’s Period Promise

Poverty, Homelessness, and Start Me Up Niagara’s Period Promise

Posted May 6th, 2021 in Research and Advocacy

During the month of May, you’re going to be seeing some posts from Start Me Up Niagara encouraging our community to donate and participate in a vital initiative very close to our hearts. Many shelters and other community service organizations in Niagara and across Ontario are overcrowded and lack the resources to provide more than a few items per menstrual cycle. If you, a partner, or family member requires hygiene products, please reach out to Start Me Up’s staff at the Resource Centre, and...

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Art Me Up Niagara Awarded Grant from the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation

Art Me Up Niagara Awarded Grant from the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation

Posted Apr 27th, 2021 in News & Updates

The MDRT Foundation has awarded a $1,500 grant to Start Me Up Niagara's Art Me Up program, a program designed for SMUN participants to archive their individual creative past and present. Through the exploration of multi-disciplinary arts, Art Me Up participants will have various opportunities in a safe studio environment, including workshops, facilitated open studios, access to a digital lab, and the establishment of web-based exhibition space to express personal memories and to map their jo...

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4 Easy Tips For Managing Your Job Search Plan

4 Easy Tips For Managing Your Job Search Plan

Posted Apr 26th, 2021 in Career Tips and Advice

Tracking who you have applied to can feel like a full-time job in itself. Follow these tips and tricks to organize your job application process to look like the pro you are. Check out these 4 Easy Steps and get started today! Start Me Up Niagara’s Work Action Centre is dedicated to helping you organize your job search process. If you are interested in growing your own small business or exploring career options, reach out to us today for more information on how we can help.

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SMART Goals, the Secret That Successful People Know

SMART Goals, the Secret That Successful People Know

Posted Apr 21st, 2021 in Career Tips and Advice

Life can be overwhelming when you know where you want to be in your career, but everything else gets in the way. SMART goals can help you break down your dreams into manageable chunks. Whether setting career goals or personal growth goals, setting SMART goals is the key to success. Start Me Up Niagara’s Work Action Centre is dedicated to helping you reach your employment SMART goals. If you are interested in growing your own small business or exploring new career options, reach out to us tod...

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The Impacts of COVID on Women and Unemployment

The Impacts of COVID on Women and Unemployment

Posted Mar 29th, 2021 in Research and Advocacy

The pandemic's impact on our economy, our society, and our community are only now beginning to be understood. While it may take years for a complete picture to be analyzed and understood, we are already seeing the real impacts on our participants and the vulnerable in our homes and streets in St. Catharines and across Niagara. Sadly, we found that COVID has hit women, particularly mothers with young children, the hardest. "Canada's labour market saw months of gains wiped out in a matter of w...

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