Learn More About
The YOU Power Project
Inspired, Empowered, Equipped
Our Team is Building a Better Future Through Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development!
About our Mentors
Widening the circle of influence for students with mentors across North America.
A team of multi-passionate entrepreneurs, professionals and educators!
At The YOU Power Project, we are committed to making a positive impact on the world by helping youth develop the skills, confidence, and entrepreneurial mindset they need to activate the change we need to see as well as succeed in the future workforce. We are a social enterprise, which means we prioritize social and environmental impact alongside financial sustainability. Our business model is designed to demonstrate that a triple-bottom-line approach can be profitable and purposeful. Led by Founder Jess Flynn, our programs include educational content delivered by a TEAM of incredible mentors from across Canada.Learn more about the unique topics covered by our speakers!
Students, Empowering Students!
In addition to our incredible team of program contributers, The YOUth EmPOWERment project employs student interns for project-specific support. Thanks to the Venture for Canada Intrapreneurship program, we have worked with 5 VFC teams (and counting) from across the country, representing various under-represented groups. Their passion, hard work and important perspectives help to ensure our youth programs are relevant and meeting the needs of what our future leaders and change-makers are going to need to thrive!
Get to Know our Founder
Hi! I’m so happy you’re here! I’m Jess – a mom, trained educator, and multi-passionate entrepreneur. I have a strength when it comes to helping youth uncover their potential and believe in their own unique power and skill.
The YOU Power Project was born out of my belief that today’s students deserve to be truly inspired, empowered, and equipped to succeed in life. Our workforce is constantly evolving, and as a former teacher, I know our schools can’t keep up with the changing demands and expectations.
I’ve always known I had multiple, diverse interests and skills. I attended Teacher’s College and theatre school! I worked in a traditional job as a teacher and built my own thriving businesses as an entrepreneur. No one has to be defined by a job title, and I want our young people to find their passion(s), develop their confidence, and experience all this beautiful world has to offer!
I can’t wait to welcome your student into The YOU Power Project. I know they are going to thrive!
An award-winning, Female Founder on a mission
Watch Jessica discuss the topic of Sustainable Development Goals in Education at the Global Education 2.0 Conference in Las Vegas, as well as her interview after receiving the Outstanding Leadership Award in Education.
For Students, BY STUDENTS
Since our inception, the You Power Project has been supported teams of Venture for Canada interns, coming to us from various underrepresented groups across Canada, to bring their unique and invaluable perspectives into our program material, business model, and future planning!
"I believe it is time to ditch the expectations of where you should be in life and start exploring what you want and can do. The YOU Power project helps you gain confidence and motivation to start your transformative journey to help you build the skills for a successful future."
"I hope all students who take this program feel empowered and become confident in exploring their passions and pursuing a career they want. Through the help of wonderful mentors, I hope they find the guidance and success they were looking for when they first joined!"
"My hope is that students who take part in this program will unlock their full potential, gaining not only knowledge but also confidence and a strong sense of purpose that will empower them to shape a brighter future for themselves and their communities."
"In recent times, there has been a noticeable gap in the education landscape. However, I am excited to introduce you to the You Power Project, reshaping education and empowering the next generation of leaders, innovators, and change-makers."
Sérine Ali Tatar
New Product R&D
"When we’re speaking of the You Power Project , we are not talking about a simple company that helps students, but rather a community that puts in place educational programs which will go above and beyond to get you where you want to be. This program made me an entrepreneur and gave me the strength to take a step towards my future, are you ready to take yours?"
New Product R&D
"The Youth Empowerment Project inspires the next generation to pursue their dreams. I am grateful to have the opportunity to help you pick a path that will suit you in the future, and prepare you for your future endeavors. Whether your interest lies in STEM related courses or not, I hope you will take away important lessons on how our world of technology operates behind the scenes..."
New Product R&D
"The You Power Project gives students the opportunity to explore what they want to do in their future through an interactive, entrepreneurship-oriented program. You are given the opportunity to pace your own learning, so take your time and go with the flow. Discover a new passion at the Youth Power Project! Kids...will see that they have the skills to be entrepreneurs..."
New Product R&D
"The You Power Project helps students like you to gain confidence and gives you career clarity through amazing programs. This safe group helped me to explore my interest in Entrepreneurship. Join this team and be part of this amazing community. I hope all kids to take the advantage of all the opportunities and resources that the program offers to them."
"I’m really proud of being a part of the Youth Empowerment Project because the company seeks to advance the educational opportunities of young Canadians in an education system that fails to recognize the unique potentials of every individual."
"My hope is for kids to take a chance and pursue a career in something they find genuinely passionate about, with the knowledge that the traditional forms of post secondary aren't their only available options."
"...This company inspires a future generation to never have to say 'I wish I knew about this when I was younger'. I hope that kids that take this program seek out opportunities for a better future for themselves and for the world at large."
"...We are directly helping youth develop transferable skills to become leaders of the future. Together with our sponsors, we are making it possible. I hope [students learn] something new, perhaps find or improve on a skill, and feel inspired to use [their] capabilities to take a step towards building the future they envision."
"Often enough we see youth fall through the cracks because they don’t fit in. I'm really interested in this project because they are providing equal opportunity for all youth to be inspired. This project will provide youth the opportunity to feel welcome so that they can gain the confidence to take action."
"The Youth Empowerment Project is all about building our youth up so that they can take real action using their big ideas. Somewhere for them to start thinking about their futures and the future of the ever-changing world. [It's a place] where they can be heard and helped, and where they can feel truly empowered."
Scaling to Schools
"I hope that the kids who take this program learn there are many ways to accomplish their goals and that they discover themselves. They also learn to integrate relaxation techniques for their well-being while finding what drives them for their future."
Scaling to Schools
"I hope that students taking this program will feel like they have more opportunities in their career paths - more than what our regular school system limits us to. I also hope that they feel empowered and confident about their future career choices."
Scaling to Schools
"The Youth Empowerment Project focus on providing inspired, empowered and interesting education for today's student, so they can achieve a succeed life. I am excited to be working with this company because this is the future of education."
Scaling to Schools
[These programs] allow "young people to learn [and] discover more things about themselves so they can unlock their inner potential to benefit themselves and the society of the future. My hope is for kids to discover their passions...so they can stay true to themselves and what they love most."
Sponsorship Portal+ Program Co-Designer
"Through our input in developing an online program that provides activities, motivational videos, a mentor system and much more, me and a team of other young adults apply our business knowledge in order to help young adults like ourselves feel empowered, and learn the world of entrepreneurship. As we value the members of our program above anything else, we show what it means to be a social enterprise by prioritizing quality education for our members and building a safe, resilient and sustainable environment through our support."
Sérine Ali Tatar
Returning VFC Intern
Post-Secondary Program Co-Designer
"As a young person, I always wished for someone to help me the way The Youth Empowerment Project is helping students nowadays. Their mission to empower young people through entrepreneurship and education is truly inspiring. By equipping students with flexible skills, confidence, and resilience, they are setting them for life! At The Youth Empowerment Project we stars as a student , and we finish as entrepreneurs!"
Meet some of the Mentor-Speakers in our virtual empowerment Programs!
Our growing community of professionals and experts share their stories, unique talents, passions and industry knowledge with all of our students. Stay tuned for our official Membership Community Portal for even more opportunity to connect with mentors across the globe! Don't miss a beat- join our newsletter now!
Jeff A.D. Martin
Motivational Speaker, Diversity & Inclusion Coach
Dive Heart First, Mindset Coach, Facilitator, Speaker
Yoga + Meditation Instructor | Mindfulness Coach
at Edie Gudaitis Wellness
Team Canada Athlete- Ultimate Frisbee
P.Eng, MBA, Brand Ambassador, CRM Engagement Lead
Midwife- BSc, HBSc, RM, MSc, IBCLC
Fine Artist and Co-Owner, KIAM Studio; Entrepreneur, Teacher
Vanessa Locicero, Lawyer & CEO of Soul Attorney Inc.
Owner, The Monarch and Co
Fine Artist and Co-Owner, KIAM Studio; Entrepreneur and Launch Strategist
The Social Snippet
Kristina Bartold, Co-founder
Maria Tassi, Co-founder
Director and Founder, Nail It Public Speaking
CEO of Switch Video President of The Collingwood Foundry Co-working space
CPA, J Francis Professional Corporation, Corporate Accounting Firm
Co-Founder and CEO of Carbon Lock Tech, Canadian CleanTech Innovation
Associate Director of People, Hello Fresh (Human Resources)
Creative Director, Creative by Caitlin. Women's Health Advocate.
Does your school or organization
want to make a bigger impact?
We teach our students about the importance of “triple bottom line” businesses that measure their success by the impact they have on profits, people, and the planet. We invite aligned, impact-focused businesses to show up for YOUR community in a powerful way.
Our programs give students the chance to develop their skills, learn about entrepreneurship, and prepare themselves to be an outstanding contributor to the economy of the future.
Including our program in your ecosystem will have a direct impact on improving and empowering your future talent!
If your company or organization is interested in:
- Fostering student empowerment
- Equipping tomorrow’s workers with a diverse, agile skill set
- Receiving positive marketing and being identified as an impact leader
- Making sure more students have access to self-development and self-confidence building programs
… then a partnership with us is the perfect opportunity!Book a call with our team!
Our Students Deserve the Chance to Explore Their Passions and Develop a Diverse Skill Set!
The YOU Power Project connects them with programs, mentors, and lessons to help them feel inspired, empowered, and equipped.Let's Connect!