21 Questions

for 2021

Jessica king

Virtual Success Coach

1. What are three words that you would use to describe yourself?  

Restorative, Playful, Warm

2. What is your most played song right now?

3. What is your educational background? 

Double Major ( Diplomacy and languages), Holistic Nutritionist, Energy Healing, Yoga Teacher, Organizational Behavior 

4. Can you speak about the current projects you are working on? 

At CCYP, I am a virtual success coach that is working alongside the Youth that participated in PIVOT to ensure their individual Holistic Success. My personal coaching work mostly with them is understanding who they are, what they value and how they want to make an impact on the world. Once they find that out, we work on self branding and how to portray yourself in a world that is constantly asking you to be somebody else.

With the team, we are responding  to the needs of the youth and creating educational sessions and programming to ensure they have the tools they need to succeed in life/work.

 5. Why do you think this is important in the Canadian context?  

I think it’s important in all contexts. Not just Canadian. It is inclusive of all backgrounds no matter what country you come from. Youth are not taught in school how to come within and understand who they are.  Unfortunately our educational system is failing at giving youth the tools they need to succeed in the workforce. 

The workforce is also ill equipped and unprepared to welcome youth and do not give them the opportunities to enhance their skills in a career. Youth are brilliant and have so much to offer but they need the tools to showcase themselves and employers need to SEE and trust their value.

Youth are also suffering from more mental health issues and lack of support systems to guide them. They need coaches, mentors and people to guide and hold space for them on this journey

12. What jobs are most in-demand at this moment in time? How can youth prepare for these  job opportunities? 

Not sure. I don’t work with searching for opportunities. I work with alignment with the opportunities they want and how to get those opportunities. I don’t look too much at the market in my role. My focus is on their personal development ( see question 5 on what they can do).

13. Can you share with us an organization or program that you think youth should be made  aware of when looking for employment?

I send people to Charity Village due to the fields of work they are looking for

14. What does impact mean to you? 

It means making an impression. A little ripple of change in some way. That could be through seeing a light go off within, seeing a change in perception, a little change in energy, behavior. Impact doesn’t have to be huge to be powerful.

15. Which of your previous work/volunteer experiences have had the most impact on your  work today? 

All of them have created who I am. Working for the UN for a year when I was in my 20s got me exposed to international organizations from a young age (the benefits and downfalls), 

NGOs like Katimavik and Taking It Global taught me the importance of working with youth and their empowerment. 

My work for Education First for 10 years taught me the importance of structure, communication and executed strategy to ensure success. Being in sales and marketing also showed me the importance of building relationships and trust in a person and a brand.

It also had me travel the world and discover myself and my passions which led me to my most important work - holistic, health, energy medicine and yoga. When you are home within and completely at ease with all of that you are, any job can be joyful because you are aligned with you…. I don’t have to fake or pretend. Life becomes at ease when you are aligned with who you are meant to be. 

6. What does equal opportunity look like in youth workforce development? 

Equal access no matter age, gender, ethnically. Equal access means access to opportunities, advancement and just the chance to show their abilities.  

16. What previous work/volunteer experience have had the greatest impact on your work  here with CCYP Success Team? 

( All of the above in #16)

7. What made you want to get involved in youth workforce development/employment?

I’ve always worked with youth in NGOs, international organizations and in the corporate world. Youth are growing up in unstable environments and lack the mentorship to properly guide them. They are also largely influenced by the media and peers and I've always had this inner desire to protect but also help them find their wings. 

I’ve always said I would be the adult I needed when I was younger. This is what I needed.

17. Recognizing the importance of building a community network, how has mentorship  supported you throughout your own professional development thus far?  

My biggest mentors are not in a work setting. They are personal ones ( yoga teachers, shamans and healers) who have all directed me back within and showed me I have everything I need to succeed already within. It’s to discover, uncover all the barriers preventing us from being our highest potential selves.

8. What do you hope to bring to the youth workforce development/employment sector? How do you hope to move the needle in your work? 

If I see somebody finally figure out or have light shed on who they are apart from their family and friends, youth who finally take a stance and align with who they are, even if for a moment, I am happy. Their eyes have opened and that is the first step to inner prosperity. 

18. Who is an individual/figure that you look up to?  

My brother. He suffered a stroke that took his voice and was paralyzed for months. He is now walking, moving his right arm and some of his speech back. He moves forward with positivity and joy every day. He is a miracle.  My parents also. They have been through so much and just LOVE.

9. Given the impact of the pandemic on the job market, what are some helpful techniques  you can share with youth who are looking for work? 

Let yourself be seen. Discover who you are, OWN YOURSELF and everything that you are and allow those experiences to guide you and be an asset in your work. Then, show your brand, speak it proudly on networks. Get creative and get seen. 

10. What are some of the major differences between coaching and mentoring in a virtual  setting versus in-person? 

I’ve coached in person and online. I actually prefer online with youth because it’s more accessible and also, they are MORE open. Youth have grown up in a virtual setting. A screen allows them to soften and open up more. I thought it would be the reverse! In the comfort of their own home or room, they are able to be more themselves and not sit in the discomfort of a coach in front of them. I have been told it is less intimidating. 

19. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 

All that you have, is already within and let it be.

20. Can you share three fun facts about yourself?

  • I wrote letters down the sewer to master splinter. 

  • I eat cacao every day. 

  • When I was little I collected Rocks and brought them together so they wouldn’t be lonely.

21. Can you share a goal you have for 2021? 

My “goals” are feelings - of joy, love, lightness and physical, emotional and spiritual health.

11. What are some of the implications (positive or negative) you think this will have on youth  workforce development/employment moving forward? 

Sessions need to be standardized, internal communication needs to be improved ( ie: how to email them and send them info in an efficient manner), there also needs to be more accountability put on youth. Until this happens, I don’t expect much to be nudged. 

Also a tracking/ evaluation system that measures qualitative data needs to be installed or we won’t see the full impact or be able to prove to donors the value. Most of the improvement is in confidence which we are not measuring. 

 

Until changes are made to the programming, this won't do much unfortunately.