XYBOOM conference tackles youth unemployment

Three generations will meet to talk jobs. And solutions.

A recent Statistic Canada report shows youth unemployment has increased to a 14.1 per cent high, with more than 400,000 young people unable to find work.

Hosted by Vancouver-based advertising agency My Loud Speaker, the XYBOOM Conference addresses this issue, as well as the related baby boomer exit problem, with a local, intergenerational approach: bringing 300 business professionals and youth together with experts from three generations – X,Y and Baby Boomer – for interactive, facilitated panel sessions and discussions.

“This conference is a response to the employment issues that I constantly see affecting not only my peers, but business owners, employers and individuals of all generations," says Tammy Tsang, 27-year old CEO of My Loud Speaker and XYBOOM Executive Director.

 “We’re trying a new solution-based approach: giving value to what each generation has to offer, providing an open forum for dialogue and collaboration, and building bridges.”

With more than nine panelists and special guests who have diverse career backgrounds – including Alden Habacon, director of Intercultural Understanding Strategy Development at UBC, Fiona Rayher, co-founder of the Gen Y Media Project, and Shaun Carpenter, Associate Partner at Pinton Forrest & Madden – businesses will leave with strategies on implementing a sustainable hiring system and youth will have an increased, holistic understanding on employment issues and their role in the job market.

Funded by the Government of Canada, the XYBOOM Conference will be held on Jan. 20 from 9 to 5 p.m. at the Yaletown Roundhouse. This not-for-profit event will also include a live-streaming feature for off-site youth participants, XYBOOM awards for businesses, case study reports on succession planning integration, and an interactive art installation created by Gen Why Media Project, to be held at the W2 atrium from Jan. 19 to 21.

Further details and application information for potential business and youth attendees can be found at www.xyboom.ca.

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