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 24,629 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.

Watch some of the impact from this village of partners and supports.

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
  • 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

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 2019

3,166 youth

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

88% of youth

developed healthy connections with positive adults.

2,550 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

78% of youth

realized their future possibilities

655 students

have been connected with a mentor or career connector

6,756 students

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

5,202 students

have participated in The Journey Forward* and Tours with local professionals across Calgary*previously Career Talks

83% of youth

actively participated in addressing barriers to school completion through goal planning with their Success Coach

Publications

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

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.

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All In for Youth Partners

School Partners
  • All Saints High School
  • Bishop Carroll High School
  • Bishop McNally High School
  • Bishop O’Byrne High School
  • Bowness High School
  • Central Memorial High School
  • Chinook Learning Services
  • Crescent Heights High School
  • Discovering Choices High School
  • Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School
  • Father Lacombe High School
  • Forest Lawn High School
  • Haysboro Catholic High School (formerly Bishop Grandin)
  • 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
Community Partners
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary
  • Burns Memorial Fund
  • carya
  • Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta
  • NPower Canada
  • TELUS Spark
  • The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre
  • Trellis Society
  • YMCA Calgary
Education and System Partners
  • Calgary Board of Education
  • Calgary Catholic School District
  • Bow Valley College
  • Education Matters
  • SAIT Polytechnic
Government Partners
  • The City of Calgary
    – Collaborative Funders Table

Corporate Partners

Since All In for Youth launched in 2012, the following corporate partners have contributed to the success of the initiative.

Pillars of Philanthropy

$500,000 - $1 Million:

  • Devon Canada Corporation (founding Corporate Partner)
Innovator’s Circle

$350,000 - $500,000:

    • Fluor Canada Ltd. (founding Corporate Partner)
    • Imperial (founding Corporate Partner)
    • RBC
    • TransAlta Corporation
Champion’s Circle

$200,000 - $350,000:

  • Calgary Flames Foundation
  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation
  • Shaw Charity Classic
Corporate Partners

$50,000 - $200,000:

  • Enerplus
  • Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd.
  • Nordstrom
  • Staples Canada
  • Symcor Inc.
  • Trilogy Energy Corporation
Individual Philanthropists

Thank you to our individual donors who have supported All In for Youth. The following donors have contributed $100,000 or more to the initiative:

  • R.W. “Bill” Andrew
  • David and Leslie Bissett
  • Hugh and Laureen Borgland
  • Rick F. Braund
  • Marlie and Steve Burtt
  • Carrera Foundation
  • Michael and Heather Culbert & Family
  • Patricia and Lorne Gordon
  • Jim and Susan Hill
  • Rebecca Hotchkiss
  • Kanovsky Family Foundation
  • Ron Mathison
  • Michele and Bob Michaleski
  • Barry and Val Munro & Family
  • Norrep Foundation
  • Poelzer Family Foundation
  • Terry and Marion Poole
  • Clay Riddell
  • Mike and Sue Rose
  • Vera A. Rose
  • Sarjeant Family
  • Bill and Sharon Siebens
  • Mac and Susan Van Wielingen
  • Two Anonymous Donor
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