"All in" for Youth

Alberta has one of the lowest school completion rates in Canada, and at the same time, the highest demand for skilled workers in an expanding economy. The annual estimated cost to society per high school drop out is $15,850. This means that if roughly 3,000 students drop out of school in Calgary a year, the cost to society is $47,550,000 annually.

“All In” for Youth is a ground-breaking initiative that is taking collaboration to a whole new level in order to help more local youth complete school and ensure they are able to transition successfully into the workforce. Money alone will not solve the problem, therefore United Way is inviting all Calgarians to be ‘”all in” by also committing their skills, passion and time to ensure success for youth.

The work has begun and United Way is already working in partnership with many parts of the Calgary community to keep our youth in school, bring them back if they leave, and link them to further education in order to achieve an effective transition to the workforce.

For more information or if you are interested in getting involved we encourage you to contact us.

Change Starts here!

100 Year Goals and Targets

Meaningful work

Target 41
By 2036, the high school graduation rate for individuals up to age 21 increases to 95 per cent, and 75 per cent of adults aged 21 to 25 complete a post-secondary or vocational education program.
Target 42
By 2036, 95 per cent of entrants in trades-related programs complete their programs and 98 per cent of graduates are employed in their fields of study within six months of graduation.
Target 43
By 2036, all adult immigrants to Calgary have the opportunity to integrate into the economy through employment or entrepreneurial activity at the same participation or success rate as other Calgarians.
Target 47
By 2036, all children of low-income families who are residents of Calgary have the opportunity to complete post-secondary education or appropriate training to enable them to fully participate in the economy.

Creative self-expression

Target 87
By 2016, 90 per cent of Calgarians report that they have opportunities to express their unique gifts and talents.
Target 91
By 2036, 95 per cent of Calgarians enjoy positive and supportive living conditions, as reflected by adequate income; high rates of employment; adequate food and appropriate nutrition; appropriate, adequate and affordable housing; and high levels of personal safety.
Target 98
By 2036, 95 per cent of Calgary youth complete high school by age 21 and complete some form of post-secondary education or training by age 25.


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