Launch + Skills Spotlight on Alex – April 2020

Alex is a 20 year old ambitious young adult who, prior to starting the Launch + Skills Program, had begun his journey of personal and professional development by giving back through volunteering to help improve his ability to be independent and obtain the necessary skills for finding and employment after graduation.

In 2018 Alex took on the challenge of furthering his personal growth by getting involved in the Launch + Skills program with the goals of learning to navigate the transit system independently, exploring career and educational opportunities, improving his social skills and learning how to grocery shop and prepare a meal.

A couple of years ago I came to Launch as a way to help me move forward in life as I entered adulthood and finished high school”.

It was through the skills coaching sessions in the program that Alex was able to learn how to create a resume, search for work experience opportunities, and learn how to use public transit.  Being open to feedback from his Skills Coach Cedric helped him plan for his next set of goals – graduating high school and preparing for college.

Academics and employment aren’t the only drivers for Alex – he’s also passionate about his family, local communities, and ways he can contribute to help others. He has spent the last 8 months volunteering for the Meow Foundation and he’s ready for his next step.

Now, it can’t be all hard work, all the time!  Alex likes to balance his life by taking time to relax and wind down through maintaining a great sense of humor, spending time with friends and family, and playing video games.

And what exactly is the next step for Alex?  Well, he is happy to report that he is enrolled at Bow Valley College and will begin pursuing a diploma in Legal Administration this spring. The Launch + Skills team couldn’t be more proud of Alex, and wish him the very best as he takes on this new stage of life. With his work ethic and coachable attitude – there’s no doubt we’ll be hearing more about Alex and his achievements soon!

We thank all who have shared their stories, and commend each Launch + Skills participant as they continue to make progress towards their individual goals.

The Launch + Skills program is being offered to the extent possible through virtual options at this time.  For more information about Launch + Skills, please email

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