In 2008, PFY received funding to provide financial literacy training to students in New Brunswick high schools. After a few years of touring the province to deliver the original program, we decided to alter it to better suit the needs of at-risk youth.
This revamped financial literacy project was the first version of the Roadmap. For the next two years, the Roadmap was offered in alternative education settings and for other select groups who could benefit from this type of instruction. Over time, it grew to include more than just financial literacy. In particular, the Roadmap program was expanded to provide career orientation and development for participants involved.
Follow these two years, the Roadmap was enhanced once again. This latest revision was made primarily to address the specific needs of youth in the New Brunswick Youth Centre in Miramichi. It now includes much larger components related to topics like job profiling, interview skills, and professionalism.
The Roadmap now includes eight core modules, split into individual workshops. Each workshop lasts one hour and is conducted in a classroom setting at the NBYC. The core modules of this newest version of the Roadmap include:
1) What is work?
Participants explore the concept of “work,” including the messages they receive about work from their family, friends, community, media, etc. Participants also examine their personal assumptions and beliefs about work.
2) Career Planning
Participants explore different jobs and careers based on six industry categories identified by the Holland Code.
3) Educational Opportunities
Participants explore different educational opportunities in support of their identified job/career goals.
4) Finding Work
Participants explore and practice ways of finding work— both in their home community, as well as in other communities.
5) Selling Yourself
Participants explore how to prepare for job interviews. They develop and practice their interview skills through job interview role plays.
Participants explore the concept of professionalism. They discuss and practice using the pro-social skills required to behave professionally in different workplaces.
Participants explore seven dimensions of wellness. They identify ways that they can stay well, and practice strategies for managing workplace stress.
8) Financial Literacy
Participants engage in a basic discussion of financial literacy in support of their education and career goals.