HALIFAX—An inclusive employment organization in Dartmouth had a lot to celebrate Wednesday as it honoured the achievements of graduates and unveiled accessible picnic benches being gifted to the community.

Youth the Future, organized by the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW), is a five-month program aimed at finding “meaningful and equitable employment” for young people between the ages of 15 and 30 who have disabilities.

For the six graduates at Wednesday’s celebration, the program has helped open doors into the futures they always envisioned.

“For a while, I had trouble trying to find a job,” said North Preston-born graduate Kyla Dillman-Cain, addressing the crowd.

“There was lots of times that I told you guys that I wanted to stop looking, I wanted to quit, but I didn’t, I continued to go … I appreciate this program; it means a lot to all of us.”

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A Purple, Yellow and blue picnic table with the letters YTF on top.

Youth the Future unveiled three hand-built, accessible picnic benches during Wednesday’s graduation event. The benches were part of a project funded by a federal Rising Youth Community grant. Julia-Simone Rutgers / For Star Halifax