As our children, grandchildren, nieces & nephews are all settling back into their routines at school our friends at the Adoptive Families Association of BC remind us that there are more things to consider than just what books the kids need this year. They remind us that education matters and not all children have the same level of support.
Courtesy of the AFABC:
It is well documented that dropping out of high school has a number of negative impacts on youth relating to unemployment, lower wages, increased chances of incarceration, and other significant areas of a young person’s life. Studies indicate that youth who age out of government care experience an 80% high school dropout rate.
The Adoptive Families Association of BC works hard to help improve outcomes for youth in-and- from care. To support vulnerable youth moving toward their academic and career goals, AFABC has established a bursary fund designed to benefit youth who have had experiences with the foster care system.
AFABC is currently partnering with private donors to develop this critical program. Through the inspired generosity of the Howard family, AFABC has expanded their youth services through the development of the Howard Legacy Youth Fund.
AFABC’s Youth Bursary Fund will offer financial assistance to youth in-and-from care who wish to study at a post-secondary level in any academic, technical, or vocational institution in Canada. By affording the opportunity of financial support for post secondary studies, this fund can significantly impact the live of youth in-and-from care.
AFABC will be accepting the first applications for this exciting new initiate in January 2014.
If you would like to learn more about this program and how you can help improve outcomes for youth, please contact Chloe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-320-7330 ext 123.