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Opening Doors for Youth: Dave Wilkin Helps Launch netWORKS
Work | September 23, 2015

Opening Doors for Youth: Dave Wilkin Helps Launch netWORKS

This morning saw the launch of netWORKS: an exciting GTA-based networking and mentoring project that connects companies with young people. Entrepreneurship and leadership speaker Dave Wilkin—founder of TenThousandCoffees.com—is a driving force behind this new resource. In partnership with CivicAction’s “Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers” initiative and the United Way Toronto & York Region, TenThousandCoffees.com is powering a “21st-century solution that empowers youth to seek career opportunities by connecting professionals on a platform” (CivicAction.ca).

Forging social connections—networks and meaningful dialogue—is essential if young people want to overcome employment barriers. Having access to the right advice, the right mentors, is crucial—not only for millennials, but for everyone seeking success. netWORKS’ new coaching hub puts young people directly in touch with encouraging, generous professionals who are excited to share their interests and passions. It’s a straightforward, user-friendly, and unintimidating way for youth to find the right teachers and the right path. “Access to the right people will kick start a career and help companies find talent they may otherwise overlook,” Wilkin says—“a true win-win that starts with a coffee chat.”

Wilkin’s TenThousandCoffees.com is the world’s largest website dedicated to leveling the playing field and unlocking opportunities for youth. It focuses on making access to the right professionals more effective, and more equal. In turn, it also helps organizations of all sizes gain better access to the next generation of thinkers, doers, and innovators to drive employment, entrepreneurship, and education outcomes.

Dave Wilkin’s surprising story of success and innovative approach to mentorship has made him one of Marketing Magazine’s Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 (on two occasions). As a speaker, Wilkin takes his insights from leading TenThousandCoffees.com and helps both organizations and young people forge vital connections. His talks lay out unconventional but sound strategies for how millennials can find meaningful work—jobs that make a difference in the world, that validate their skills and commitments—and shows what they’re truly capable of. He also informs major brands on key strategies for reaching, engaging, and converting the seven million millennials in Canada alone. 

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