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Early Bird Draw

Are you ready for summer? This year, early birds who apply before February 26 and are accepted to the program, enter a draw to win a travel pack including a backpack, a $20 gift card and travel supplies!


  • Apply to the 2024 SWSE program before February 26!
  • Being accepted to the 2024 SWSE program.


  • The prize is a travel pack, including: a backpack, a $20 gift card and travel supplies
  • The lucky winner will be contacted via email after the draw in May 27, 2024.

About the Program

The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange (SWSE) is a six-week program that offers youth ages 16-17 the opportunity to gain paid work experience, practise their second official language skills, and discover another community within Canada.

Terms & Conditions

THE EARLY BIRD DRAW: The prize (includes a backpack, a $20 gift card and travel supplies, total prize value doesn’t exceed $150) is available to those who apply before February 26, 2024 11:59 pm EST and are accepted to the 2024 Summer Work Student Exchange (SWSE) program. 

The prize winner will be drawn on Monday, May 27, 2023. A name will be drawn by random computer process, and the winner will be contacted by phone or email. If we cannot reach the winner by Sunday, June 2, 2024 11:59pm EST another name will be drawn. Once a winner is selected, the prize will be given to the winner before Saturday, June 29, 2024 via mail. 

Open to legal residents of Canada who are 16 or 17 years old and are accepted to the SWSE program. Officers, directors and employees of the YMCA of Greater Toronto as well as advertising and promotion agencies and YMCA of Greater Toronto partners subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, sales representatives are ineligible to win the prize. Household Members and Immediate Family Members of such individuals are also not eligible to win. No cash value; not for resale or transferable; non-refundable. Offer valid until February 26, 2024.