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

In 2012, 1 in 4 Calgary youth were not completing high school on time. All In for Youth was the first initiative of its kind in Canada to use a city-wide collective impact model to bring sectors together to address a large scale social issue such as success in high school.

All In for Youth provides innovative solutions to help youth stay in school, complete school, and successfully transition to the workforce and adulthood. The initiative has supported schools to reduce high school dropout rates and improve high school completion rates in Calgary. Today, the number of youth not completing high school on time has been reduced from 1 in 4 to 1 in 5.

By working together, we can ensure all youth find success, complete high school, and are set up for bright futures.

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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Poverty

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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:

  • Continue to establish positive adult-youth connections. Since 2012, 12,196 connections have been made between youth and positive adults in the community.
  • Improve Calgary’s high school completion rate and decrease the dropout rate.
  • Support youth to transition successfully from high school into further education, training or employment.

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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Transitioning youth to further education, training, and employment

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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, complete high school, and pursue long-term goals. In fact, for every youth who does not complete high school, it costs society $18,301 annually in earning loss, use of social assistance, healthcare, crime, and tax revenue loss. All In for Youth connection projects include:

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

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

Mentors: One-on-one positive adult role models

Math Tutors: Tutoring program to support student success in math and academics

World of Choices: Career forums for high school kids

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

Sirius Girls: Mentorship and leadership development for girls in high school

SAIT Culinary Program: Exploratory cooks apprentice program that supports youth to successfully complete high school

SAIT Exploratory Carpentry Program: Supports youth to learn wood trades and successfully complete high school

Transition Coach: Supports youth to transition into further education, training, or employment

 

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 youth 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

Math Tutors: Tutoring program to support student success in math and academics

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

Transition Coach: Support for youth to transition into further education, training, or employment

Learner Success Advisor at Bow Valley College: Guide and connect youth to supports and resources in a post-secondary environment

 

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 students 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 for their success

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

Transition Coach: Support for youth to transition into further education, training, or employment

Learner Success Advisor (Bow Valley College): Guide and connect youth to supports and resources in a post-secondary environment

 

 

Transitioning youth to further education, training, and employment

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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 forums for high school kids

Turning Points: Supports at-risk youth to explore various post-secondary career options through SAIT

Transition Coach: Support for youth to transition into further education, training, or employment

Learner Success Advisor (Bow Valley College): Guide and connect youth to supports and resources in a post-secondary environment

SAIT Culinary Program: Exploratory cooks apprentice program that supports youth to successfully complete high school

SAIT Exploratory Carpentry Program: Supports youth to learn wood trades and successfully complete high school

 


Impact

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, we have seen that the longer a school is part of All In for Youth, the greater the increase in 3-year completion rates, and the greater the decrease in their dropout rates.

By July 2018:

Connecting youth to positive adults

2,015 youth

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

401 students

have been connected with a mentor or career connector

92% of mentees

envision a more positive future for themselves since starting work with a Success Coach

 

Removing barriers to success

4,077 students

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

2,255 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*

*The Call Back strategy is now embedded and implemented by both the Calgary public and catholic school districts

 

Transitioning youth to further education, training, and employment

3,563 students

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

76% of students

report having a clear understanding of what they want to do when they complete high school

86% of students

say they have had the opportunity to talk about their future education and career goals

15 high school graduates

across five schools are being supported to transition into further education, training, employment

 

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

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

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

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

Sean

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

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

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.

Mentor

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

All Saints High School

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

Lester B. Pearson 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

Carya

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.

Imperial

 

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

Enerplus

Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd.

Nordstrom

Shaw Charity Classic

Symcor Inc.

Trilogy Energy Corporation

TransAlta 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

Hugh & Laureen Borgland

Rick F. Braund

The Carrera Foundation

Michael and Heather Culbert & Family

Lorne and Patricia Gordon

Jim and Susan Hill

Kanovsky Family Foundation

Ron Mathison

Bob and Michele Michaleski

Norrep Foundation

Poelzer Family Foundation

Terry & Marion Poole

Clay Riddell

Mike and Sue Rose

Vera A. Rose

Bill and Sharon Siebens

Mac and Susan Van Wielingen

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