Saskatchewan

Bakery offers job training for youth

A Saskatoon bakery has new owners and a new mission: to help at-risk youth learn a trade.

A Saskatoon bakery has new owners and a new mission: to help at-risk youth learn a trade.

Nestor's Bakery, a staple in the city for 70 years, was recently taken over by the Youth Development Corporation, a non-profit group that helps troubled young people get on a better track in life.

"It just keeps you busy," Jaymz McCamon, who is quickly learning how to become a baker. "You're busy for most of the day, from like nine to like five in the afternoon, and you've really got nothing to do after that and I don't know, and you're just so tired after work."

Just a few months ago, McCamon was getting into trouble with the law on a weekly basis.

He credits his experience at the bakery for turning his life around.

"There's nothing more powerful than a first paycheck in terms of transforming someone," Keith Jorgenson, from the Youth Development Corporation, told CBC news about the effect of a positive environment. "A lot of young people that we work with, they may never have had the opportunity to have a job and work and legally make money."

Audrey Matushewski the bakery's former owner is pleased with the new direction the business has taken.

"[The youth] need guidance," Matushewski said. "They need someone to show them how to do things. And they enjoy it, they want to show off what they can do also, really, and they don't have that opportunity. And they have that opportunity here. And you show them and they're delighted to work."

Shoppers have also shown support for the bakery, with a steady stream of customers arriving for the selection of doughnuts and breads.

 

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