Youth Ventures

Proudly supporting young entrepreneurs across Newfoundland and Labrador since 1992.

Our History

Youth Ventures was started back in 1992 on the Northern Peninsula with 2 participants. Since then, the program has grown and now has 25 Regional (Site) Coordinators across Newfoundland and Labrador who are there to help students start businesses.

Designed for students 12-29, Youth Ventures works with close to 300 students and help start almost 200 businesses each year. Since 1992 the program has helped over 7000 young people explore entrepreneurship.

Our Mission

Today, Youth Ventures empowers young people to turn their hobbies, interests, and passions into money making profitable ventures. The program itself is available to students across the province from May-September every year, however the Provincial Coordinator is available year round for anyone that still needs assistance or has any questions regarding their business.

There’s no one too young or too old to start a business. It’s all about taking the hobbies and passion you have, along with the support of Youth Ventures, and making money by doing what you love to do. Youth Ventures has helped students as young as 7 start successful businesses.

Youth Ventures is there from the beginning to help you come up with an idea, create a business plan, do market research, point you in the direction of financing to get your business up and running. Just need some help creating flyers? We can do that for you too!


In 1992 the Youth Ventures Program was started on the Northern Peninsula with two entrepreneurs.

Provincial Delivery

In 1996, the CBDC network started delivering the program which was then offered to all regions of the province.


Delivery expanded to 15 delivery sites.

Present Day

Today Youth Ventures is delivered through 25 delivery sites in partnership with CBDCs, Chambers of Commerce, Community Youth Networks, Regional Development Boards, and Town Councils.

Our Summer Coordinators

Aaron Hull

CBDC Emerald

William Neville

CBDC Avalon West

Caitlyn Crosbie

CBDC Trinity Conception

Cassidy Mercer

CBDC Cabot

Nasomi Amarajeewa

CBDC Celtic

Jon Williams

CBDC Eastern Initiatives

Amanda-Marie Hillyard

Deer Lake

Megan Mahar

CBDC Nortip

Kayla Power

CBDC Burin

Alaina King

CBDC Central

Sara Ford

CBDC Gateway

Sean Baker

Harbour Breton & Area

Alyssa Maidment

Metro Business Opportunities

Sofia Kabir

CBDC Long Range

Danielle Burden

St. Anthony & Area

Cathy Payne

Town Council of Parsons Pond

Julia Blackwood

Gander & Area

Sarah Bolger

CBDC Humber

Naomi Butt

Labrador Straits

Rain Houlahan

CBDC Labrador

Vanessa Strugnell

Southern Labrador - Strait of Belle Isle CYN - Port Hope Simpson

Naomi Butt

Southern Labrador - Strait of Belle Isle CYN - L'anse au Loup

Marissa Taylor

Ulnooweeg Development Group Inc

Alex Tucker

Choices for Youth

Ashley Hutchings

Association for New Canadians

Do you have a business idea you want to bring to life?