These businesses serve the public but also serve as a training ground where at-risk youth are given employability training, both in terms of specific skills and reliability, in real-life settings.
The organization is funded by all levels of government, private firms and foundations.
All the money earned through its social enterprise firms is used to support the organization's operation.
More than 80 per cent of the trainees ultimately get jobs in the private sector, many in the areas in which they have trained with YOU. Some others return to school or pursue careers in other areas.
Source: Lois Holden, manager of enterprise services for YOU.