Working Together With Momentum
Momentum Community Economic Society, founded in 1991, takes a community economic development approach to poverty reduction – in other words they work alongside people living on a low income, and with partners in our community, to create a thriving local economy for all.
The Calgary Food Bank works in collaboration with Momentum by both referring people using the food bank to Momentum’s programs and working alongside Momentum to deliver presentations on food insecurity, food access and nutrition to program participants. Together we’re exploring new opportunities and testing new ideas and we’re excited to see what comes next in our partnership.
You hear Iris Assouline’s laughter before you see her. As Momentum’s Skills Program Coordinator, Iris brings her enthusiasm to Momentum’s Trades Training program: a 25-week program comprised of first aid and CPR, WHMIS, CSTTS certification, English, math and science skill upgrades, technical training at SAIT and on the job training. But to talk only about the Trades Program is to scratch the surface of the many programs, services, initiatives, research and public policy work happening at Momentum.
We asked Iris and Momentum what they would like the community to know about their work and programs.
What Does Momentum Have To Offer?
Momentum offers more than 20 free programs through 3 main departments:
Local Economic Development:
We support people in starting their own businesses and turning their passion into profit. Participants learn how to write and implement a business plan, including effective marketing and finance principles important to their business success.
Through coaching, matched savings, and money management programs, Momentum helps participants increase their financial literacy, save for the future, and increase their assets.
Participants build skills and receive free training for new and rewarding careers in the trades. For the past 30 years, Momentum has supported over 1300 Calgarians pursuing careers in the trades and technology, such as Automotive and Heavy-Duty technicians, Welding, Carpentry, Plumbing and Pipefitting. Now, they even offer Technology programs for youth and adults, including their most recent launch of Momentum’s AWS re/Start Program for Women.
Are There Any Fees Attached For Participants?
Programs are free to access. All programs offer a collaborative learning environment, hands-on training, employability skills, industry-recognized certificates and post-graduation support in finding a job and further education. Each program has specific eligibility criteria – you can find this on the website.
How Can The People I Work With Get Involved In Momentum’s Programs?
It’s easy for people interested in joining a program, or an organization looking to partner or find out more to get in touch with Momentum.
To find out which programs are currently accepting new participants:
Visit the website at: www.momentum.org
Visit the office at: 100, 525 28 St SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2A 6W9 (Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm)
Momentum also offers training for organizations in financial literacy, financial coaching and more. Check out the website for details!