All In for Youth: United for school completion. Four students stand in their grad caps and gowns

In Calgary, 3,000 youth do not complete high school on time each year. Together we can change this.

All In for Youth is a citywide initiative focused on school completion. The initiative aims to reduce the high school dropout rates and improve high school completion rates in Calgary.

By working together, we can ensure all youth reach success, complete high school, and are set up for future success.

12,196 meaningful connections

have been made between Calgary youth and positive adults through All In for Youth


Why youth drop out   What's being done   See the impact

Meet youth being helped   Take action   Our Partners   Publications & Research



Why Youth Drop Out

Youth face multiple challenges that can get in the way of their education, including:

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Lack of positive supports

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Mental health

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Language barriers


By supporting youth and removing barriers to success, young Calgarians have the opportunity to reach their potential. Many individuals who do not complete school often face challenges and barriers throughout their lives, including:

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Reduced earning potential

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Reliance on social assistance

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Reduced participation in civic society

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Involvement in the justice system

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Poor health



What's Being Done

All In for Youth works with schools, government, corporations, agencies and individuals to build a system of supports to help youth reach their potential.

Our goals:

  • To establish 3,000 positive adult-youth connections established by 2017. To date, we have surpassed this goal and have reached over 9,000 connections.
  • To improve Calgary’s high school completion rate and decrease the dropout rate in Calgary.

To get there, we are:

Connecting youth to positive adults

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Removing barriers to success

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Bringing youth back to school

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Encouraging varied learning and career options

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Connecting Youth to Positive Adults

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When youth have positive social support networks, they are better able to develop skills, independence and confidence, and pursue long-term goals. In fact, the social return on investment from mentoring programs alone save an average of $18 for every dollar invested. Connection projects include:

In the Lead: Leadership program incorporating mentorship, coaching and volunteerism

Mentors: One-on-one positive adult role models

Volunteer Tutors: Volunteers offering free math tutoring

World of Choices: Career forum for high school girls

Success Coaches: Support for youth returning to or at risk of dropping out of school 



Removing Barriers to Success

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Making it easy to get to school, stay in school and access the necessary supports ensures more kids overcome the barriers to success and get the education they need to reach their potential. Projects in this area include:

Mentors: Providing a positive adult role model to lean on

Success Coaches: Support for youth returning to or at risk of dropping out of school

Transportation: Providing bus passes or tickets so youth can attend school

Volunteer Tutors: Volunteers offering free math tutoring

Barrier Removal Funds: Funds used to remove barriers to student learning and achievement 



Bringing Youth Back to School

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Supporting youth in returning to school, navigating the system and connecting to the supports they need to be successful ensures more kids can continue with their education and building their futures. We bring youth back using the following:

Call Backs: Personally inviting youth to return to school and providing tools to be successful

Encore: Connecting youth who have dropped out to support, high school and alternative learning options

Success Coaches: Support for youth returning to or at risk of dropping out of school



Encouraging Varied Learning & Career Options

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By learning what matters to youth, we can help them achieve their personal, educational and professional goals. This includes sharing information on a variety of career options and helping kids get onto the right path to get there. Projects in this area include:

Career Talks: Career specific presentations introducing youth to a variety of different careers 

World of Choices: One day career forum for high school girls





All In for Youth is changing the lives of Calgary youth.

Each program and project is closely monitored to ensure it’s working for students, volunteers and our partners, supporting youth to achieve their educational goals.

Since All In for Youth started in 2012:

Connecting youth to positive adults

1,536 youth

have been helped by volunteer math tutors at 5 YMCA locations across Calgary

389 students

have been connected with a mentor or career connector

88% of mentees

reported that they had people in their lives they could trust and rely on


Removing barriers to success

3,097 students

have been helped through barrier removal and one-on-one support from success coaches

336 students

have been assisted with issues arising from addiction and mental health issues


Bringing youth back to school

40 students

received specialised support through the Detour Program 

200 youth

contacted through Call Backs were interested in or had already returned to school


Encouraging varied learning and career options

2,509 students

have participated in Career Talks and Tours with local professionals across Calgary

83% of youth

who worked with a Success Coach said they had an opportunity to plan for future education and set career goals

98% of students

who attended a Career Talk agreed they had gained new information to help with career exploration


AIFY 2018 Annual Report

AIFY 5 Year Report | 2015/16 Annual Report | 2014/15 Annual Report | 2013/14 Annual Report

March 2017 Progress Report | March 2016 Progress Report | June 2015 Progress Report | March 2015 Progress Report



Meet Youth Being Helped & Those Helping Them


Michaella stands against a fence waiting for the bus to school

Getting back to school wasn't easy, but it's helped Michaella realize her potential.

Read Michaella's story


Shawn points to a completed electrical circuit he's built and the lit light bulb

Shawn got support to complete his courses and is now on the road to completing an electrical apprenticeship.

Read Shawn's story


Bryanna smiles while sitting at a desk in her local Calgary high school

When she faced homelessness at 16, school couldn't be Bryanna's priority. Now, that's changed

Read Bryanna's story


Calgary firefighter Sean Hoy smiles while talking about his volunteer work with All In for Youth and at-risk youth

Sean is passionate about educating young people about the many paths they can take to success.

Read Sean's story


Madeline smiles while sitting in her school's library

Madeline was often hungry and didn't have a stable home. With help from her Success Coach, she's overcoming adversity.

Read Madeline's story


Brayden crosses the football field with a team mate

Brayden needed a confidence boost to get ahead in school and in sports. With help from his mentor, he got just that.

Read Brayden's story

Take Action for Youth

By getting involved in a youth's life, you are actively ensuring they have the support needed to complete high school. All In for Youth has a variety of volunteer opportunities. Take a look and sign up for an opportunity that works for you.


Mentors are vital for youth as they prepare for their futures.

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Math Tutor

Help high school students improve their math and study skills.

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School Toolkit

Find the right resources for your students.

View the toolkit



All In for Youth Partners

School Partners

Bishop Grandin High School

Bishop McNally High School

Bishop O’Byrne High School

Bowness High School

Central Memorial High School

Chinook Learning Services, including Encore

Crescent Heights High School

Discovering Choices High School

Father Lacombe High School

Forest Lawn High School

Jack James High School

James Fowler High School

John G. Diefenbaker High School

Lord Beaverbrook High School

Nelson Mandela High School

Notre Dame High School

Robert Thirsk High School

Sir Winston Churchill High School

St. Anne Academic Centre

St. Francis High School

St. Mary’s High School


Key Community Partners

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary

Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary

Burns Memorial Fund

Calgary Board of Education

Calgary Catholic School District

Calgary Sexual Health Centre

Calgary Youth Justice Society

Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre

United Way of Calgary and Area

YMCA Calgary


Education and System Partners

Alberta Education

Bow Valley College

Calgary Police Service

SAIT Polytechnic

Community Agencies

The Renert School


Government Partners

Alberta Government

Government of Canada

The City of Calgary


Founding Corporate Partners

Devon Canada Corporation

Fluor Canada Ltd.



Corporate Partners

We would like to thank all of the generous corporate donors who have supported All In for Youth. The following corporate donors have contributed $50,000 or more to the initiative:

Canadian Pacific


Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd.


Shaw Charity Classic

Trilogy Energy Corporation

Vista Projects


Individual Philanthropists

We would like to thank all of the generous individual donors who have supported All In for Youth. The following individual donors have contributed $100,000 or more to the initiative:

Bill and Nancy Andrew

David and Leslie Bissett

The Borgland Family

Rick F. Braund

The Carrera Foundation

Michael and Heather Culbert

Lorne and Patricia Gordon

Jim and Susan Hill

Ron Mathison

Bob and Michele Michaleski

Poelzer Family Foundation

Mike and Sue Rose

Bill and Sharon Siebens

Mac and Susan Van Wielingen

Two Anonymous Donors