Completing high school opens doors to better jobs, higher wages, and acts as a gateway to post-secondary institutions. In Calgary, however, many youth are not graduating from high school on time (within three years of starting Grade 10). Poverty, mental health issues, language barriers, and lack of positive supports prevent many young Calgarians from graduating with their classmates.

In 2012, 25% of Calgary youth were not completing high school on time. Today, that number has been reduced to 20%—thanks in part to All In for Youth, a citywide movement focused on increasing and addressing high school completion.

All In for Youth provides innovative solutions to help youth stay in school, complete school, and successfully transition to the workforce and adulthood. This initiative connects youth to positive adults, removes financial and social barriers to high school completion, and encourages varied paths of learning and success.

Since its launch in 2012, All In for Youth has established more than 12,000 positive adult-youth connections, playing a key role in increasing high school completion rates in Calgary.

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
  • 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

How we help youth succeed

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 loss of wages, 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: Discussion groups that introduce youth to a variety of different careers
  • Sirius: Mentorship and leadership development for high school students
  • SAIT Culinary Program: Cook apprentice program that supports youth to successfully complete high school
  • SAIT 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

Making it easy to get to school, stay in school, and access 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, high 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 (Bow Valley College): Guide and connect youth to supports and resources in a post-secondary environment

Supporting youth in returning to school, and connecting them to the supports they need to be successful ensures more students can continue with their education. All In for Youth brings young people 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—high 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

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 on the path to success. Projects in this area include:

  • Career Talks: Discussion groups that introduce 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: Cooks apprentice program that supports youth to successfully complete high school
  • SAIT Carpentry Program: Supports youth to learn wood trades and successfully complete high school

Results that matter

Each All In for Youth program and project is closely monitored to ensure it is effective for students, volunteers, and partners. Since its launch in 2012, we have seen that the longer a school participates in All In for Youth, the greater the increase in three-year completion rates, and the greater the decrease in dropout rates.

By July 2018

2,015 youth

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

92% of mentees

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

2,255 students

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

200 youth

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

76% of students

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

401 students

have been connected with a mentor or career connector

4,077 students

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

40 students

received specialized support through the Detour Program

3,563 students

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

86% of students

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

Publications

Five 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

Take action for youth

By getting involved in a young person’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.

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Mentor

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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 Youth Justice Society
  • Carya
  • Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta
  • The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre
  • YMCA Calgary
Education and System Partners
  • Alberta Education
  • Bow Valley College
  • SAIT Polytechnic
  • Community Agencies
  • The Renert School
Government Partners
  • Alberta Government
  • Government of Canada
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
  • Four Anonymous Donors
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