Youth Ventures

Proudly supporting young entrepreneurs across Newfoundland and Labrador since 1992.

The Youth Ventures Team

Our History

Youth Ventures was started back in 1992 on the Northern Peninsula with 2 participants. Since then, the program has grown and now has 22 Regional (Site) Coordinators across Newfoundland and Labrador who are there to help students start businesses.

Designed for students 12-29, Youth Ventures works with close to 300 students and help start almost 200 businesses each year. Since 1992 the program has helped over 5000 young people explore entrepreneurship.

Our Mission

Today, Youth Ventures empowers young people to turn their hobbies, interests, and passions into money making profitable ventures. The program itself is available to students across the province from May-September every year, however the Provincial Coordinator is available year round for anyone that still needs assistance or has any questions regarding their business.

There’s no one too young or too old to start a business. It’s all about taking the hobbies and passion you have, along with the support of Youth Ventures, and making money by doing what you love to do. Youth Ventures has helped students as young as 7 start successful businesses.

Youth Ventures is there from the beginning to help you come up with an idea, create a business plan, do market research, point you in the direction of financing to get your business up and running. Just need some help creating flyers? We can do that for you too!

1992
Founded

In 1992 the Youth Ventures Program was started on the Northern Peninsula with two entrepreneurs.

1996
Provincial Delivery

In 1996, the CBDC network started delivering the program which was then offered to all regions of the province.

1997
Expansion

Delivery expanded to 15 delivery sites.

2016
Present Day

Today Youth Ventures is delivered through 22 delivery sites in partnership with CBDCs, Chambers of Commerce, Community Youth Networks, Regional Development Boards, and Town Councils

 

Summer 2017 Coordinators

Jenelle Pardy

Jenelle Pardy

CBDC Emerald


Aaron Harris

Aaron Harris

CBDC Labrador


Jane Cleary

Jane Cleary

CBDC Trinity Conception


Amanda Barney

Amanda Barney

Labrador Straits


Victoria Battcock

Victoria Battcock

CBDC Celtic


Kelsey Stanley

Kelsey Stanley

CBDC Eastern Initiatives


Justin Coish

Justin Coish

Deer Lake


Bradley Mahar

Bradley Mahar

CBDC Nortip


Kayla Dinn

Kayla Dinn

CBDC Cabot


Dylan Wheaton

Dylan Wheaton

CBDC Central


Candice Elson

Candice Elson

Nunatsiavut Government


Kelsey Clarke

Kelsey Clarke

CBDC Gateway


Hilary Griffiths

Hilary Griffiths

CBDC Avalon West


Alicia Ivany

Alicia Ivany

Metro Business Opportunities


Lesleanne Lambe

Lesleanne Lambe

CBDC Burin


Owen Mahar

Owen Mahar

St. Anthony & Area


Cathy Payne

Cathy Payne

Town Council of Parsons Pond


Emily Balsom

Emily Balsom

Gander & Area


Allison Pittman

Allison Pittman

CBDC Humber


Jeremy Saunders

Jeremy Saunders

CBDC Long Range


Vanessa Strugnell

Vanessa Strugnell

Southern Labrador


Alicia Lilly

Alicia Lilly

Harbour Breton & Area


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