A young woman stands stoically and looks at the camera

A chance to finish high school after dropping out is everything.

Amy always thought her mom drank too much. Some days it was worse than others, but no matter what’s going on with Amy’s mom, Amy loves her and knows they are a team. As time passed, the problems at home became harder to ignore. Amy felt like her mom really needed her, so she dropped out of school to be there for her. The longer she was away from classes, the harder it seemed to go back and finish school.

6,854 meaningful connections have been made between Calgary youth and positive adults through All In for Youth.

Amy knew she needed help to finish high school.

She got a call about Detour, an alternative for students who want to finish school, but don’t quite fit in at other high schools. She wasn’t sure how it might work for her, but agreed to give it a try. The teachers at Detour were really caring, immediately believed in Amy, were there for her and motivated her to succeed.

Amy is Calgary.

A chance at a supportive school environment meant Amy was able to finish her high school diploma and go on to pursue her dreams. Our city needs people like you to support United Way, so that Calgarians like Amy are able to complete high school no matter what the challenge.


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