All In for Youth student Shawn poses next to an electrical circuit he's completed

Shawn had low motivation to succeed in high school and fell in with the wrong crowd.

Disengaged and regularly skipping classes, he found himself in trouble with his teachers, and was often suspended from attending school.

By the end of twelfth grade, he knew he didn’t have enough credits to graduate, and he watched as his classmates walked across the stage without him.

After high school, Shawn went to St. Anne Academic Centre to work towards getting his diploma. Despite the new setting, he fell into old patterns and had difficulty completing his coursework. He was encouraged by the guidance counsellor to enrol in the Detour Program at Bow Valley College. There, he was connected with Kathy, an All In for Youth Success Coach.

This time around, with Kathy’s support, things were different for Shawn. He appreciated the adult learning environment. He found himself treating the program like a job. He knew that if he did well he could go on to gain better employment. He was encouraged by his Success Coach and motivated to succeed.

Shawn earned a 90 per cent score on his first exam at Bow Valley College. He could feel his classmates looking up to him as an example. This began to shift the way Shawn thought about himself – he was more motivated than ever to be the best he could be.

While at Bow Valley College, Shawn completed all the coursework necessary to apply to SAIT’s Pre-Apprentice Program to become an electrician.

Through hard work and support from his Success Coach, Shawn successfully completed his course and is in the process of lining up an electrical apprenticeship.

*Shawn is a successful recipient of the Bissett Bursary. The Bissett Bursary is available to students who attend a high school that participates in All In for Youth, and must be recommended by their high school counsellor or Success Coach.

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