United Way is proud to be All in for Youth.


This first-of-its-kind initiative focuses on getting local children and youth successfully through their education years and on to high school graduation, which is a critical milestone toward breaking the cycle of poverty. All in for Youth brings together programs and services in a new way to help socially vulnerable children achieve their best, by providing a range of coordinated supports to them and their families. 

By taking care of critical needs now, we stand a far better chance of helping them get through tough times, build skills and set children up for academic success and poverty-free futures.

Education is the foundation for a bright future. But sometimes in life, challenges get in the way and extra support is needed.

FACT: 1 in 5 Edmonton students do not complete high school within 3 years.

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Helping thousands of kids in five pilot schools

All in for Youth supports children from Kindergarten through Grade 12 and is currently being piloted in five demonstration schools where there is a high need for services:

  • St. Alphonsus Elementary/Junior High
  • John A McDougall Elementary
  • Delton Elementary
  • Spruce Avenue Junior High
  • Eastglen High School


When families are struggling, they often lack funds or connections to get the help they need.  All in for Youth combines the services of past programs – Partners for Kids, Schools as Community Hubs and Out of School Time - providing wrap-around services to solve some of the complex problems experienced by vulnerable students and their families. 


All in for Youth removes barriers to learning, helping students and families in five ways:

  1. Ensuring students are accomplished in reading and writing and confident;
  2. Delivering programs in school, such as nutritious food programs, mentoring and counselling, right in the school;
  3. Offering programs outside of school such as before and after school programs, as well as programs during fall, spring and summer breaks;
  4. Supporting families through counselling, community resources and adult education; and
  5. Providing a positive, inclusive school culture.

All in for Youth is outcome driven and tied to specific academic performance. 

These foundational markers will help measure success:

  • Kindergarten Readiness

  • Grade 3 Reading Level

  • Building Resiliency

  • Successful Transition from Junior High to Senior High

  • High School Completion


Building better futures benefits our whole community.

Supporting children to succeed in school and helping their families get stronger, we will create community-wide benefits:

  • Improved social equity for children facing barriers, including children who are indigenous, immigrants and refugees;

  • Improved employability of youth and an elevated quality for our workforce;

  • Contributions toward ending the cycle of poverty; and

  • Reduced costs to taxpayers of remedial education, health care, social supports, etc.

“When our most vulnerable do well, it changes our entire society by creating stronger, safer communities.”
— Annette Malin, United Way Community Investment Specialist

You can help support the efforts of All in for Youth through donations and volunteering.

For information on how you can provide financial support for the program, please contact United Way of the Alberta Capital Region at 780-990-1000.

For information on volunteer opportunities, please call

E4C at 780-424-7543 or

Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area, at 780-424-8181.


Collaborating to Help Children Succeed

This innovative program is made possible through the dedication of social sector partners and municipal government – all committed to being All in for Youth and families.


Funding Partners:
Allard Foundation Ltd
The Butler Family Foundation
City of Edmonton | Family and Community Support Services
Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund (ECECAF)
Edmonton Community Foundation
Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
EPCOR *Catalyst Partner*

Melton Foundation
Mental Health Foundation
MK Group of Companies
Rogers Communications Canada Inc.
Sherrick Management Limited
Stantec Consulting

Major Individual Funders:
Lorraine Bodnarek & Ed Cyrankiewicz & Family


Thank you EPCOR for being a catalyst partner.