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

Peter Barlett

CBDC Emerald

Aaron Hussey

CBDC Avalon West

Caleb Mercer

CBDC Trinity Conception

Xingbang Chen

CBDC Cabot

Mackenzie Rossiter

CBDC Celtic

Rachel Greely

CBDC Eastern

Amanda-Marie Hillyard

Deer Lake

Shelley Coombs

CBDC Nortip

Kelly Moulton

CBDC Burin

Alaina King

CBDC Central

Rebecca Purchase

CBDC Gateway

Victoria Clowe

Harbour Breton & Area

Bethany Oliver

Metro Business Opportunities

Sofia Kabir

CBDC Long Range

Mark Saunders

St. Anthony & Area

Town Council of Parsons Pond

Benjamin Crocker

Gander & Area

Mohammed Roshan

CBDC Humber

Mandy O'Brien

Labrador Straits

CBDC Labrador

Cheryl Rumbolt

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

Ulnooweeg Development Group Inc

Alex Tucker

Choices for Youth

Association for New Canadians

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