YouElevate is a skills training and practical work experience platform for highschool students between the ages of 16-18. We pair students who have a passion for business and entrepreneurship with start-ups in the city to work one on one for a selected period of time. With this opportunity, high school students are able to gain real life work experience in a fast growing industry and experience the entrepreneurial culture that Toronto prides itself on. Last year, we partnered with every district school board in Toronto, and developed customized programs for 15 students, within 8 official start-ups. These positions directly led to full-time paid summer employment for every single one of our youth, resulting in $55,680 in employment income through our YouElevate program.