ConnectLinc Summer Youth Skills Programs prepare local youth for bright future in Lincoln

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Media Release

Summer 2023 Registration Now Open

Lincoln, ON – (May 24, 2023) – ConnectLinc, in partnership with the Town of Lincoln and operated by Civiconnect, is thrilled to announce the launch of the 2023 ConnectLinc Summer Youth Skills Programs.

Registration for summer programs is now open to individuals ages 12 to 16 at

Following the success of the 2022 Summer Youth Skills Program and the 2023 March Break Youth Skills Program, ConnectLinc is offering seven specialized camps focused on industries that play a crucial role in the tourism sector here in Lincoln and across Niagara. These industries include technology, events, public works, agriculture, hospitality, food service and media.

“The Town of Lincoln recognizes the value in training and higher education to help youth reach their career goals, as well as the benefits of retaining and attracting young talent for the local economy,” said Town of Lincoln’s Chief Administrative Officer Michael Kirkopoulos. “Both Council and Staff continue to make youth skills development a priority through our Council Priorities strategic plan and our Economic Development strategy.”

Participants will earn valuable certifications and develop transferable employment skills, providing them with the credentials to stand out in today’s workforce! Youth will also have the unique opportunity to network with industry professionals, helping them gain a better insight into potential career pathways through interesting lessons and engaging experiences.

Programming includes but is not limited to industry training, soft-skills development, technical skills training, certifications, First Aid and CPR training, workers' rights in the workplace, and the development of professional portfolios to present to employers. Our primary goal is to equip youth with the skills and knowledge needed to secure jobs in the local workforce, with a focus on the tourism industry. By providing job readiness training and valuable hands-on experience, we aim to prepare participants for future success in their careers.

“We are thrilled to be offering the ConnectLinc programs for a second summer,” said Nour Hage, President of Civiconnect. “These camps will provide youth with valuable job readiness skills and experiences, equipping them for success in their future careers, particularly within the tourism industry in Lincoln.”

ConnectLinc staff members are dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of every participant. Our leaders hold certifications in various program areas and come from diverse backgrounds such as recreation professionals, teachers, and post-secondary graduates and students. We maintain a 1:10 staff-to-participant ratio to ensure individual attention and success in our programs and activities.

Program Information:

Each program is open to individuals ages 12 to 16 and will run from Monday to Friday (except for civic holidays) from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with extended care available at no extra cost from 8:30 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

ConnectLinc Summer Youth Skills Programs include: 

  • Tech & Tourism: Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14
  • Events & Tourism: Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21
  • Public Works & Services: Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28
  • Agriculture & Food: Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4
  • Hospitality & Tourism: Tuesday, August 8 - Friday, August 11
  • Food & Beverage: Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 18
  • Media & Tourism: Monday, August 21 - Friday, August 25

The cost to register is $99 +HST for each ConnectLinc Youth Skills Program. Please note that participants are welcome to register for multiple programs, however, they will not receive a discounted rate in lieu of the two-day First Aid and CPR course. Participants are welcome to retake the course if they register for an additional program.

Updates can be found via social media on Facebook and Instagram @connectlinc. For more information or to register for a program visit our website

For any further questions please email or call 289-273-2396

Economic Development in Lincoln:

The goal of Economic Development in the Town of Lincoln is to improve the economic well-being of our community through developing and implementing an integrated mix of policies, programs, and initiatives. Guided by the Council approved Economic Development Strategy & Action Plan, the Town has outlined the following economic development roles and strategies to drive efficient results: 

  • Strategy 1:  Promote an “Open for Business” message 
  • Strategy 2:  Business retention and expansion 
  • Strategy 3:  Innovation and entrepreneurship 
  • Strategy 4:  Attracting new investments  
  • Strategy 5:  Talent and workforce development 
  • Strategy 6:  Marketing 


  • The Tourism Sector in Lincoln:

The Town of Lincoln's tourism industry is the Town's greatest opportunity for economic growth and development. Through the development of the Niagara Benchlands brand, the Town has been able to appropriately brand and market Lincoln's destination to support tourism and increased visitation throughout the Niagara Benchlands.

For more information on tourism in Lincoln, visit

  • Talent and Workforce Development in Lincoln:

To grow, expand and succeed, businesses need access to a highly skilled workforce. This year, the Town of Lincoln Economic Development Department launched our website as a key digital resource for both employers and job seekers. The new website allows local employers to create an account and submit job postings at their own leisure, while also allowing job seekers to apply for job postings and join the resume database.

Visit to submit a job posting or join the resume database.

For media inquiries, please contact: 

Liliana Busnello
Manager of Corporate Communications
Town of Lincoln 
Phone: 905-563-2799 ext. 230


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