Youth Futures Education Fund – improving access to learning

This past year has been an exciting one in the post-secondary space with improved funding and access giving former youth in care of all ages more confidence and opportunity to pursue their education. In August 2023, the BC government removed an existing age restriction for the BC’s Provincial Tuition Waiver program, giving those who turn […]

Youth Futures – A vital support for brighter futures

Moving to Nelson with her cats, enjoying the breathtaking scenery of this unique little town, and helping other kids who are struggling: that’s Yanna’s ideal picture of her future, and her eyes light up when she describes it with a shy smile. Although it’s a simple plan today, it used to be a distant dream.   […]

Vital support for students pursuing higher education – 2021/22 Annual Report

Youth who have transitioned to adulthood from government care and are pursuing post-secondary education are vital to the future of our community. Helping these students to achieve their goals benefits everyone. That is why it’s so critical that youth are supported through this important life-stage.    In 2021/22, a total of 492 students received financial support […]

Province of British Columbia invests $250,000 in Youth Futures Education Fund 

Every year, over 800 youth transition out of government care. Many dream of pursuing post-secondary education but that goal often seems unattainable without proper supports. While BC’s Tuition Waiver Program covers tuition and mandatory fees for eligible students attending one of 25 public post-secondary institutions, the Native Education College or 10 Union Institutes across British […]

Fueling a creative future 

Acting, music, writing, digital art and animation: if it involves creativity, Star is all-in! It started back in Grade 3 when she picked up a pen, wanting to be a novelist. “I’ve always been a big creative,” says the 26-year-old Burnaby resident. Currently, she is working on her reel, a video resume of her skills […]

Making a difference for youth pursuing higher learning – 2020/21 Annual Report

Youth formerly in care aging into community and pursuing post-secondary education exemplify resilience and determination. In 2021, almost 730 students who had been in BC government care or in the care of a Delegated Aboriginal Agency attended school on a post-secondary institution or provincial tuition waiver. This despite the ongoing financial, social and emotional challenges […]

Youth Futures disburses $600,000 to youth aging into community

Twenty-one-year-old Simranjit – Sim – has her sights set on a PhD in psychology. Her courage, support from helpful high school guidance counsellors and the Youth Futures Education Fund (YFEF), which provides support for basic living expenses like food, rent and internet, mean she’s on her way to success.   “Psychology sparked my interest because I have a […]

A passion for education and life helps build art therapy career

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 many years.  “When it came to college and university, I kind of freaked out. School is so expensive, it didn’t seem like a realistic option for me,” she says. Along with […]

On track for success – United Way invests unprecedented $350K to support youth

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 and Youth Care program at Douglas College in New Westminster. It was something that was almost unimaginable for her as a child. “I knew when we had no food. I […]