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 29,151 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
  • Mentors: One-on-one positive adult role models
  • Math Tutors: Tutoring program to support student success in math and academics
  • Career Talks: Discussion groups that introduce youth to a variety of different careers
  • SAIT Culinary Program: Cook apprentice program that supports youth to successfully complete high school
  • Community 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
  • Community 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:

  • Success Coaches: Support for youth returning to—or at risk of dropping out of—high school
  • Community 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
  • Turning Points: Supports at-risk youth to explore various post-secondary career options through SAIT
  • Community 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.

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

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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
Our Lady of the Rockies High School (formerly Bishop Grandin H.S. and Haysboro Catholic 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

Community Partners

Burns Memorial Fund
NPower Canada
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 following government partners have supported All In for Youth at various points in its lifetime:

The Government of Alberta
The Government of Canada
The City of Calgary

Corporate Partners

All In for Youth has benefitted greatly from partnerships with the following corporate and foundation donors at various points in its lifetime:

Pillars of Philanthropy

$500,000 - $1 Million:

Devon Canada Corporation (founding Corporate Partner)
RBC
Staples Canada

Innovator’s Circle

$350,000 - $500,000:

Fluor Canada Ltd. (founding Corporate Partner)
Imperial (founding Corporate Partner)
TransAlta Corporation

Champion’s Circle

$200,000 - $350,000:

The Calgary Flames Foundation
Catapult Canada, an Initiative of the Rideau Hall Foundation
Pembina Pipeline Corporation
Shaw Charity Classic

Corporate Partners

$50,000 - $200,000:

Enerplus
Intact Insurance Macquarie Capital Markets
Canada Ltd.
Nordstrom
Symcor Inc.
Trilogy Energy Corporation

Individual Philanthropists

Thank you to the generous, individual donors who have supported All In for Youth with contributions of $100,000 or more since the program's beginnings in 2012:

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

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