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Laying the Groundwork for a Career: Dans La Rue Job Shadow Day

By vburley
May. 2, 2019


To Appnovation, Corporate Citizenship represents a real commitment; a commitment to being active in our communities, a commitment to fulfill our social duties and contribute to worthy causes. As a company, we want to put into practice our desire to act as a force for good.

Last week, Appnovation partnered with Dans la rue for the second year in a row to host a Job Shadowing Initiative in the Montreal office. 

Dans la rue is a Montreal-based organization dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk youth. Dans la rue cares for the immediate needs of youth and helps equip them with the skills and resources they need to lead more autonomous and rewarding lives.

Our goal was to inspire at-risk youth by introducing them to a working environment, corporate culture, teamwork, and technology and innovation. In addition to an office tour and introduction to who we are, many of our employees teamed up one-on-one with the youth to chat about their roles and their experience in the workforce from the time they left school to where they are now. The day was filled with exciting conversations, new bonds, pizza, and of course a classic office Jenga tournament!

The youth (Ernesto, Jean and Thomas) were able to choose 2 jobs that they wanted to shadow. They all chose different roles, from Proposal writer, Back-end developer, Front-end developer, Business analyst, Business development, and IT.

We’re very passionate about our partnership with Dans la rue and look forward to hosting many more initiatives together in the future, continuing our commitment to local community initiatives. 


"I really enjoyed the experience of seeing inside a company, an experience that I wouldn't have had the chance to see if it wasn’t for Dans la rue. The opportunity to see new technologies and what a job in a modern company is like was fascinating to me."

- Jean


“We are deeply grateful for your trust and loyalty and we are honoured by your belief in our work with the youth. Appnovation is one of our beloved partners in encouraging marginalized youth to explore their skills and interests. Every job shadowing session with Appnovation is a very rewarding experience for the youth. It was very nice to see how much the Appnovation team enjoyed sharing their time generously with the youth to introduce their job and create a real connection with them. We all had a wonderful experience and it is always a pleasure to collaborate with such an amazing team. Thank you so much again for giving them a chance to learn more about what you do and to make such a great difference in the community.”

- Margaux Waldmann, Development Advisor, Dans La Rue