Targeted Literacy Programming and Outreach for Young Single Males on Ontario Works (2013)

Resources Now Available Online!

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Since 2007, statistics show an upward trend in the number of single males between 18 and 29 who are accessing Ontario Works (OW). In London Ontario, there are at least two thousand single males on OW who have been on the caseload for longer than 12 months and/or who have less than Gr. 12 education.

Through a nine-month project, Literacy Link South Central talked to young single males on OW to find out about their interests and activities, especially as they relate to technology. This informed the content of a set of 4 modules (with accompanying practitioner overviews that speak to the OALCF and a general introduction guide). It is our hope that by creating instructional resources that target that population, we can engage them in learning.

About the Resource

To view an introduction webinar about the modules, click here

Modules include:

  • My Dream Career - Identifying and researching a dream career; discussing barriers
  • Examining My Online Identity and Digital Media Use - Learning about and protecting online identity; using digital devices and media
  • How I Communicate in Different Places - Learning about different communication styles; discussing effective communication
  • My Role Models - Exploring the qualities of a good role model; becoming a role model

Obtaining the Resource

Not only did we distribute free hard copies of the resources, but we will also host the workbooks here. Below, you will be able to download free copies of the workbooks.  These modules are now also available in an online learning format (Moodle) that is available for free to the public. To access the online learning format (Moodle), click here

Through these resources we hope to see more single males (18-29) on OW participate in adult literacy programs and connect with local employment programs. Together, as a community of service providers, we can help young males engage in learning and help them move more quickly to employment.


This Employment Ontario project was funded by the Ontario government.

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All websites links were accurate at the time of printing- March 2013.