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CCFA and YES Conclude Successful Inaugural Speed Mentoring Program

27 Jun 2024 9:26 PM | Anonymous

Toronto, Canada, June 27, 2024-The Chinese Canadian Finance Association (CCFA) announced the successful conclusion of its inaugural speed mentoring program in collaboration with Youth Employment Services (YES), a leading non-profit organization focused on youth employment in Canada.

The event, held on June 17, paired mentors from CCFA with young job seekers from YES. This initiative highlights CCFA's commitment to building stronger local ties, expanding its outreach, and contributing to society through professionalism and dedication.

"The speed mentoring program is a groundbreaking effort for CCFA in partnering with a local organization beyond the Chinese community in Canada. It aligns with our mission to 'Engage, Empower, and Enrich' both present and future professionals and broaden our influence," said Emily Gu, President of CCFA.

Conducted in virtual breakout rooms, the speed mentoring session allowed mentors to connect with small groups (1-3 youth per group) in several short rotations. During these sessions, young job seekers could ask questions about employment opportunities and seek career development advice. In addition to gaining insights from mentors' professional experiences, the event helped young participants build confidence in networking with industry leaders.

The first batch of CCFA mentors were primarily selected from CCFA Pro+, an elite cohort of mid-level business leaders and seasoned professionals. With diverse backgrounds, these mentors brought a wealth of professional and life experience, offering guidance on high-quality networking and helping the youth thrive.

YES is a leader in Canadian youth employment training, programming, and job placement, serving tens of thousands annually with a nearly 90% success rate. The organization created youth employment services in Canada in 1968 and has since helped hundreds of thousands of youth, many disadvantaged, directly and millions indirectly.

"We at YES were thrilled to host our first mentorship event with the Chinese Canadian Finance Association. This online session provided invaluable mentorship opportunities to our youth, made possible by the generous support of CCFA volunteers. We extend our heartfelt appreciation for their dedication to empowering our community through mentorship," said Tim Lang, CEO of YES.

Founded in 2001, CCFA has played a pivotal role in establishing a robust network of finance professionals and scholars across Canada, China, and beyond. With nearly 5,000 active members and followers, CCFA serves as a dynamic bridge, cultivating key business relationships, identifying promising investment opportunities, and promoting high-standard financial education based on industry best practices.

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