Programs

iSisters’ programs enhance employability skill development, provide a critical and effective stepping stone to improved quality of life, and initiate long term and high impact positive change for marginalized women.

Each program is designed in collaboration with the partner organization and customized for the specific learning needs of the students. While each program is unique, all programs aim to help women: learn about technology, explore career options, encourage life-long learning, gain self-esteem, improve earning potential and economic independence.

iSisters learning programs are aligned to ISTE NETS (International Society of Technology in Education National Education Technology Standards) and the Conference Board of Canada’s Employability Skills 2000+.

Technology Mentoring for Young Mothers

Technology Mentoring for Young At-Risk Mothers is a new program that expands iSisters’ workshops into the new Bethany Hope Centre for Young Parents. Students will gain digital literacy skills which will enable them to return to and succeed in high school and prepare for employment. The program builds community capacity to support at-risk, young parents.

Through this project, our goal is to offer young at-risk Moms a full set of digital and media literacy skills, as well as mentoring in new communications technologies at the new Bethany Hope Centre, free of charge to them and to Bethany Hope, in a familiar and safe environment.

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Career Connections

Career Connections is a new program that will connect our students, graduates and alumni with customized employment and self-employment learning opportunities, information and resources. It will expand and mature iSisters’ program offering to meet the needs of, and leverage existing resources to support the transition to work for our learners.

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The Mobile Lab

The iSisters Mobile Learning Lab is a new project that takes iSisters’ award-winning technology training workshops to young at-risk women in Ottawa. It was launched in 2011-2012. We partner with community organizations that offer shelter and drop in services to young women.

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iTeachnology

(eye-teach-nology)

iTeachnology™ is an online version of our award winning Employment Support Technology Mentoring Program. It is an integral element to providing a sustainable program for our partners to administer.

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“As a result of our partnership with iSisters, Youville Centre has been able to integrate technology into the curriculum and provide our young mothers with computer opportunities to enhance their future studies and careers....

Judith Sarginson, Executive Director, Youville Centre

I am a computer student in the iSisters course taught by Zahide.  I find the course extremely helpful.  Zahide explains the material step by step.   It is very helpful as the skills are very...

Charmaine, iSisters graduate

“I am taking the iSisters level 3 computer course and have found it very, very useful.  It has opened many, many locked doors in front of me. I have a new job.  They gave...

Sarah, iSisters student

“Cornerstone offers a variety of programs and services that we hope one day will enable women to move out of the shelter with a tool box full of skills.  One of these programs is...

Transition worker, Cornerstone

“The purpose of this letter is to tell everybody how the computer course has helped me in achieving my goals. Right now I am taking a Masters course at Ottawa University where I need...

Yaquelin, iSisters student