Hello! My name is Saige Friedman and I am the owner of the Toronto-based social enterprise, The Sustainable Switch
. We have been operating for a year now, and have had the opportunity to work with local post-secondary institutions to hire co-op students studying programs relating to sustainability. In the process of hiring our first student, we interviewed almost 50, all of which reported on the extreme lack of jobs available in their field, and the disappointment they had in the options available to them.
After hearing this, we only wished we could hire more students and provide more opportunities. However, unfortunately, as a startup our biggest barrier is funding. As such, we are reaching out to the community to help us get this program up and running, and increase our capacity for employment.
We are hoping to achieve our funding goal by the beginning of February so we can confirm our commitment to the post-secondary institutions we are working with before the deadline for this upcoming spring semester!