Our 2021 Learning Project Grantees
Girls Incorporated of Durham
In partnership with schools, not for profit housing centers and local organizations in Durham Region, Girls Incorporated of Durham conducts customized girl-focused programming and advocacy to break social and economic barriers girls and young women face, as well as supports girls to develop leadership skills. Girl Zone Leadership and Community Action Program will provide after-school educational programming to girls ages 13 – 18. Learn more here.
Projet LOVE: Vivre Sans Violence Québec
LOVE started as a small, grassroots, youth photojournalism project running out of the basement of Montreal’s Dawson College and soon blossomed into a well-established national program. LOVE supports youth through programs and healthy relationships that build emotional intelligence and help overcome the challenges they face. LOVE Quebec’s Media Arts Program will work towards levelling the playing field by teaching at-risk youth the soft skills needed to pursue their education and professional aspirations. Learn more here.
With a mission to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, build positive relationships, and develop confidence and skills for life, BGC Ottawa supports youth who are falling behind in school. BGC Ottawa’s Homework Club will promote student retention, increased asset development and academic commitment, and will target youth in need of additional support, predominantly those that come from priority areas. Learn more here.
Raise the Grade is an interactive after-school program that allows youth to explore their personal interests, receive homework support, connect with mentors and/or tutors, interact with peers, increase their digital literacy, and plan for post-secondary education. Through Raise the Grade, BGC of Summerside will increase academic skills, high school graduation rates, and access to post-secondary education for at-risk youth from a select group of BGC Summerside. Learn more here.
Quinte West Youth Centre
Quinte West Youth Centre offers a variety of opportunities that allow youth to grow their interests and learn more about themselves. Many of the youth who attend the Quinte West Youth Centre identify as LGBTQ2S+ and come from a low-income household where the need for a tutor is unfeasible, causing self-confidence to drop and youth not wanting to attend school. The Centre will run a homework club for youth who are unable to afford tutors in a safe environment outside of the education system. Learn more here.
Youth Unlimited works to foster the wholistic transformation of young people and their communities in GTA neighbourhoods through grassroots programs that are shaped by the needs and desires of local communities. Youth Unlimited will design a new after-school program to provide academic supports to teenage students primarily from neighbourhoods in Toronto that have been designated as part of the Neighbourhood Improvement Plan or Priority Neighbourhoods. Learn more here.
Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc.
Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc [TAYFFI] is a Saskatoon-based registered charity that provides support services for youth and families, especially members of vulnerable populations to help them become engaged and contributing members of their communities. TAYFFI will conduct preparatory classes for high school students from visible minority families, especially those who recently arrived in Saskatoon, requiring additional support in achieving academic success to enhance their subject matter knowledge for grades 11 and 12. These classes will be strategically geared to give students a competitive edge in transitioning to post-secondary education. Learn more here.
The Windsor Residence for Young Men
WRYM’s “Youth Independence Program” targets homeless youth who require knowledge and guidance in acquiring life-skills and competencies necessary to ensure a successful transition to independence, while also instilling resiliency and self-confidence. One of the intended outcomes of the program is to re-engage students who are disengaged from high school through direct enrollment established with the Public Alternative Secondary School. Participants who require it receive an Ontario Secondary School credit for completion of the program. In addition to receiving a school credit, participants also receive continuing education guidance from qualified teaching professionals, in an effort to re-engage youth with education. Learn more here.
PLEA Community Services Society of British Columbia
PLEA envisions a world where everyone has the opportunity for a good life, and where everyone counts. To fulfil this vision PLEA delivers unique services, tailored to individual strengths and needs, to children, youth, adults and families facing significant challenges so that they may live fulfilling lives within their communities. PLEA will offer one-on-one academic support to youth in grades 8-12 who are involved in their U-Turn program and are either currently, or previously have been, in care of the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). The project helps to increase the graduation rates for participants, remove barriers for them, and strengthen their self-confidence and belief in their abilities. Learn more here.
Multicultural Association of Sussex
Multicultural Association of Sussex is an immigrant settlement agency, focused on supporting immigration to the Sussex area, providing services that meet community needs, and promoting harmony and social inclusion. They will be offering additional supports for newcomer youth in K-12 to help them integrate and flourish in New Brunswick. In addition to academic supports, they will assist the youth in creating social connections which will help them integrate into the community and foster a positive school experience. Learn more here.
Maison de Jeunes l’Escalier en Mon Temps
Maison de Jeunes l’Escalier en Mon Temps is an association of young people and adults who have given themselves the “mission” on a voluntary basis, in their community, to hold a meeting place where young people between 12 and 17 years old, in contact with representative adults, can become critical, active and responsible citizens. Through the Learning Project funding, Maison de Jeunes l’Escalier en Mon Temps will be restarting the homework assistance program that they established a few years ago but had to cancel due to the loss of the grant that made the program possible. Learn more here.
Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington
The Community Resource Centre’s (CRC) Backpack Program provides over 150 students annually with backpacks and supplies for school so they can succeed in the classroom. Although the CRC tries to supply each child with adequate supplies for their education, the COVID-19 pandemic and at-home learning has significantly increased what a child needs in their backpack kit. Learning from home involves extra equipment that may not be provided by the school to keep students focused and engaged such as headphones, a proper desk and chair set up, reliable technology, and timers to keep track of time independently. The Learning Project funding will help the CRC will enhance these kits for the 2021/2022 school year as well as provide students with online homework help and tutoring. Learn more here.
Young Women’s Christian Association of Halifax
The only program of its kind in Nova Scotia, a Halifax’s Supportive Housing for Young Mothers (SHYM) program provides a meaningful solution for vulnerable young mothers experiencing homelessness. Many of the SHYM participants have lived experience of child welfare, violence, trauma and marginalization. Due to their complex circumstances and lived experience of intergenerational poverty, violence, and trauma, combined with their duties as mothers of young children, SHYM participants often struggle to focus on their education which is an essential step in achieving independence and fostering stable futures for both themselves and their children. YWCA Halifax will hire an in-house tutor to support SHYM participants working towards their high school diploma or GED. Learn more here.
Frontier College delivers year-round Student Success literacy programs in Sudbury, collaborating with schools, the public library, community partners, and parents to support families and help children reach their full potential. Working with populations where poverty and other barriers contribute to low literacy, they offer free tutoring, after school programs, and summer learning programs that complement the formal education system. The Learning Project funding will help offer flexible, sustainable learning support to high-needs students in Sudbury with an adaptable program model that works in-person and online. Learn more here.
Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment
Located in South Etobicoke, the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment (JAC) is dedicated to empowering young women and girls between the ages of 7-17 years. The Charity offers programs focused on academics, arts, life skills, mental & physical health, mentorship, and leadership. JAC’s free Fun with Numbers and Reader to Reader programs intend to address barriers to accessing academic enrichment programs for low- and middle income and marginalized girls. JAC will continue to run these programs. Learn more here.
Sault Ste. Marie Insectarium
Entomica Insectarium believes that insects possess an outstanding ability to create a spark of curiosity that can lead to a passion for lifelong learning and discovery. Entomica Connects is a traveling outreach program aimed at bringing experiential learning workshops to under-serviced and low-income areas, such as the Jamestown neighbourhood in Sault Ste. Marie. The Learning Project funding will help bring insect related activities to children and families that will link bugs, science, environment, art, education and wellness while providing a safe, fun, and inclusive space for all. Learn more here.
Scientists in Schools
Scientists in School is a Canadian science education charity with a mission to ignite scientific curiosity in children so that they question intelligently, learn through discovery, connect scientific knowledge to their world, are excited about STEM, and have their interest in those fields piqued. The Learning Project funding will support them to provide five of their virtual STEM Club programs to schools or community organizations serving low-income communities in new expansion areas for Scientists in School in Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and/or Newfoundland. Learn more here.
The Halifax Helpers
The Halifax Helpers is a youth-run organization working to ensure that all Nova Scotian families receive the academic support they require to become fearless and determined learners. Features that disrupt access to academic support for students differ by region. The Halifax Helpers has chosen to tackle the most prominent barriers in Nova Scotia: poverty and geography. With the Learning Project funding, they will continue to offer one-on-one tutoring services through their website while working alongside community partners to implement new and innovative programs. Learn more here.
The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
SAIT is working to assist youth with career readiness and promote post-secondary pathways into successful careers and lives. Through the Turning Points program, at-risk high school students participate in a number of hands-on and post-secondary prep sessions, intentionally created to introduce students to a variety of program and career options, while helping them build their confidence, gain hope for the future, create awareness of prospective careers, and have a support system built in at SAIT to promote their journey to post-secondary. SAIT is supporting learners who are at-risk of becoming not in education, employment or training (NEET) youth. The Learning Project funding will help SAIT expand the Turning Points program to include one additional cohort for the 2021/2022 academic year. Learn more here.
STR8 UP 10,000 Little Steps to Healing Inc.
STR8 UP is a grassroots organization that work in the core of Saskatoon with ex-gang members and their families, to help support individuals as they embark on a healthier path. The Learning Project funding will help STR8 UP to provide educational support to youth and fill their learning gaps to help them succeed when they enroll in secondary schooling. Their activities will target youth who are being released from the judicial system into the community and come from families who have been deeply rooted in intergenerational traumas, impacted by colonialism, generational effects of the residential school system and systemic racism. Learn more here.
Yukon Youth Healthcare Summit
YYHS is a program for young people in Yukon happening in Fall 2021. Youth between the ages of 15 and 18 from communities across the Yukon will participate in this inclusive, 5-day gathering to hear from medical professionals and post-secondary education leaders. Some of the activities will include hands-on workshops to learn about scholarships applications, time management and budgeting skills and tours of Yukon University that will prepare youth for holistic success in post-secondary education.
Minds on Math
Minds on Math (MoMath) began as a drop-in centre, offering free tutoring and mentorship opportunities to marginalized elementary-aged school children focused primarily on Mathematics. These lessons are provided through collaboration between local school board-certified teachers, industry professionals, and university student volunteers. Students also receive ample opportunities to speak with STEAM industry professionals, gaining further understanding of how their knowledge applies to real-world experiences. They also provide seminars encouraging mental-wellness and career development internally for students and their families seeking guidance. With the Learning Project funding, they are looking to expand the reach of their program. Learn more here.
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society
The MFBCS Fall School Program for Youth builds on the success of the organization’s Summer School Program for Children, and is aimed specifically towards low-income and refugee youth between the ages of 13 and 18 to help them improve their skills in the areas of English, Math, and Science. Over the past three years, over 300 refugee families have settled in the Metro Vancouver area, many of whom have children that have been unable to attend formal schooling for the past several years due to their forced migration from areas of conflict. One of the desired outcomes of the project is an increased understanding of the Canadian post-secondary education system and possible career opportunities. Learn more here.
Gander Boys and Girls Club
BGC Gander works to ensure that all children and youth discover and achieve their dreams and grow up to be healthy, successful, and active participants in society. To this end and to instill in youth an enthusiasm and excitement for lifelong learning, they will be offering a homework club in collaboration with their local high school. Learn more here.
The Quebec Board of Black Educators
The Quebec Board of Black Educators (QBBE) is a non-profit education and research institution committed to raising awareness on educational bias and providing academic support and opportunities to communities of colour. The Learning Project funding will support QBBE to offer academically stimulating, entertaining and holistic development programs to 50 low-income and minority kids aged 5-12 and their families in the Greater Montreal Area. It will also help address the academic deficit experienced after 1.5 years of the COVID pandemic and the other low-income related challenges such as lack of access to computers. Learn more here.
Frank Hurt Secondary School
Frank Hurt is Secondary School located in the Newton area of Surrey, BC. The Learning Project funding will support their Outdoor Education, Environmental Science and Career Life Connections program. The program seeks to integrate environmental science and career skills with hands on learning in outdoor environments with broader goals to build a sense of connection to the school while increasing attendance and student participation. Learn more here.
SuperNOVA at Dalhousie University
Based out of Canada, Bridging Gender Divides focuses on initiatives which increases gender equity, such as raising funds for women’s shelters and offering programs to introduce girls to male-dominated fields. Bridging Gender Divides has also partnered with SuperNOVA who provide youth with rewarding experiences in STEM and nurture a life-long love of exploration, creativity, and academic achievement. The Learning Project funding will support both organizations to run two online monthly programs over the course of the school year in the areas of engineering and computer science. The purpose of these programs will be to introduce younger girls and gender minorities to the fields of engineering and computer science in a fun and exciting way through experiments and other interactive activities. Learn more about SuperNOVA here.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel Inc.
The Learning Project funding will support The BIGS on Campus (BOC) and Black Youth Mentoring Program (BYMP), both of which are offered during the academic school year and consist of weekly sessions where participants/mentees can envision themselves as post-secondary students. BIGS on Campus core program content will include academic activities (e.g. resume writing, information about student housing and residence life) and non-academic fun activities (e.g. scavenger hunts, crafts and games). In addition to program curriculum there is time for mentors to meet with and support their mentees. Mentors answer mentee questions about post-secondary life and help their mentees explore post-secondary and future career options. BYMP is an empowering and inspiring exploration of Blackness and pathways to education. BYMP activities and workshops encourage youth to develop a strong sense of community, identity and preparedness to thrive. Learn more here.
The Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia dba South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
South Vancouver Neighborhood House is working to build healthy and engaged communities in South Vancouver. With the Learning Project funding, they will be running an after-school program for preteens aged 8-12 who need extra support with literacy skills, communication, homework help, numeracy, and test preparation. In the program, each preteen will be paired in a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio with a youth volunteer mentor. This way, youth volunteers will also work on their soft skills such as confidence, organization, leadership, communication, patience and time management, which will be useful for seeking future employment and adjusting to post-secondary education. Learn more here.
Synergy Youth and Community Development Society
Synergy Youth and Community Development Society is a community organization with a mission to empower youth and community groups to build strong connections through relationships, education, leadership and programming in Alberta. One of their signature programs “Homework Helpers” is designed to offer direct support to youth from low-income families or youth at risk who cannot afford tutoring in the rural communities of Chestermere, Langdon, and SE Rocky View. The program offers its participants personal support in a safe space to build healthy connections and a positive attitude towards academics and life. Learn more here.
Portage la Prairie School Division, c/o Portage Collegiate Institute
Portage Collegiate Institute has approximately 30 students who should be in grade 10 next year, however because of many economic, social and educational barriers they have not been attending school in their grade 9 year to achieve enough credits to move on to grade 10. Of Portage’s student population, 55% identify as Indigenous and 27% live below the poverty line and in public housing. The Learning Project funding will support the development of an alternative classroom for next year to re-engage these students into the school and put them back onto the path of graduation.
Chief Sunrise Education Centre
Chief Sunrise Education Centre (CSEC) is the only public school in the North West Territories that is situated on reserve land in K’atlodeeche First Nation (KFN). To support young people who are pushed out of the traditional school environment for reasons including non-attendance or pulled out due to family commitments prior to receiving their Grade 12 diploma, CSEC will develop and implement a self-paced program for its grade 10-12 students.
Liberty for Youth
Liberty for Youth (LFY) provides a prevention and intervention mentoring program aimed at youth, ages 12 to 25 and living in the Hamilton and surrounding areas who are involved in, or at-risk of, criminal behavior. LFY staff and volunteers use an innovative and intensive mentoring model that strives for permanent behavioral change by building inner character, developing life and leadership skills, and inspiring at-risk youth to become constructive members of the community. With the 2021 LP funding, LFY will assists youth in returning to high school and pursuing their education goals if they have been expelled, suspended, or incarcerated through their Bright Choices Program. Learn more here.