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Graduating from high school can mean the difference between living in poverty and not. By supporting youth on their educational journey, All in for Youth (AIFY) is focused on increasing high school completion rates by providing wraparound supports for students and their families in the school setting.
For more information or to make a referral, contact: Annette Malin, Portfolio Manager, Children and Youth
For many local students, the goal of graduation is out of reach because of personal or family-related challenges. Furthermore, parents who don’t complete high school are most likely to have children who follow this pattern, perpetuating a cycle of poverty.
United Way and its strategic partners are helping kids from the start! Support is offered for early learning and development through all the school years to graduation. With your help, we can break the cycle of poverty.
Through the collaboration of ten local partners, AIFY offers multiple supports both in and out of school that help improve academic achievement, increase school and community engagement, and develop resilience to handle life’s challenges. They provide essential support to meet the day-to-day needs of vulnerable students and their families.
All in for Youth supports children from Kindergarten through Grade 12 in eight schools where there is a high need for services:
All in for Youth develops students’ and families’ individual capacity. Supporting students’ success in school creates community-wide benefits, such as:
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The All in for Youth collaborative has rallied local partners to provide the unique services students and families need to change their circumstances and create a better future – for them and our community.
Supporting students with mentors such as adult mentoring, teen mentoring, corporate mentoring, and community-based mentoring. High school students can also act as mentors for their younger peers.
Supports Serving breakfast, lunch, and snacks to students. They also prepare food for students to take home if needed so that no child goes hungry.
Helping students to develop positive esteem, adaptability, persistence, and social and emotional connectedness that increases their potential to succeed in school and prepares them for adulthood.
Providing students with intentional programs that support their growth and academic, cultural, emotional, and physical development.
Helping parents and caregivers though in-home supports to enhance their parenting capacity and the overall family well-being. Caregivers are supported to provide a safe, supportive environment for their children, reduce risk factors, and enhance family protective factors.
AIFY students and families have access to one-on-one or group mental health services to support the healthy development of students and address the complex needs faced by socially vulnerable students and their families. Therapists also support school staff and provide education around mental health issues.
AIFY helps children and families succeed in life by breaking the cycle of poverty. Here’s what some youth, parents, and educators had to say about their experience this year.
said they had an adult in the school they could go to for help with a problem.
indicated they had above average or high academic engagement.
said that, if their child had to change schools, it was very important that the new school have the same supports and services as their AIFY school.
AIFY helps children and families succeed in life by breaking the cycle of poverty.
Local students, teachers, and community members share their experiences at an All in for Youth school. Learn More
Chloe struggled in school until she was connected with wrap-around supports through the All in for Youth initiative, a collaboration supported through United Way. Staff help Chloe through hardships at home, build her confidence and support her on her path to graduation.
This innovative initiative is made possible through the dedication of community partners, school divisions and funders – collectively committed to being All in for Youth and families.
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