Supporting youth education.
Success takes support
Who we help
Youth in care 'age out' of the system at age 19 losing all support from their foster parents, social workers, government programs, along with any financial assistance. Other young people may have a family to fall back on, but former youth in care often have no one, making pursuing post-secondary education and future careers challenging.
How we help
Recognizing the vital role that education plays in helping a young person realize their potential, the Youth Futures Education Fund provides low-barrier access to funds to support living expenses to youth who have aged out of the foster care system and are attending a post-secondary institution on a tuition waiver.
Why it matters
Post-secondary education not only helps a young person realize their potential, but also helps establish a network of friends, colleagues, and mentors. All youth should have the same opportunities to pursue this reality. The Youth Futures Education Fund recognizes this and is here as a support to youth aging out of care.
Are you on a Tuition Waiver? See if you’re eligible for support from the Youth Futures Education Fund.
News & Events
Twenty-seven-year-old Sage is a Ceramics student at Selkirk College’s Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson in Southeastern BC. As a former youth in care, she held off pursuing post-secondary education for
Nineteen-year-old Jodi loves school. She’s learning new things, meeting new people and planning for a bright future as she pursues her degree through the Child
When Emilianna’s roommate moved out during COVID-19, she was left to cover the full cost of her rent. The comedy club she worked at also
Hundreds of B.C. youth formerly in government care are receiving money when they need it most, thanks to the Youth Futures Education Fund.
From foster care to medical school – United Way of the Lower Mainland’s $150,000 investment in YFEF will help more youth like Soraya follow their dreams. United Way of the Lower Mainland’s $150,000 investment will help more youth like Soraya follow their dreams