We are a committee comprised of staff from Ministry of Children and Family Development; Ministry of Advanced Education; Representative for Children and Youth; BC Federation for Children and Youth in Care Networks; Post Secondary Navigators; and Young People with lived experience in care. We have been providing online information sessions outlining various financial resources that are available to young people to help open doors and reduce possible barriers for them to access post-secondary and trades programs.
The information provided in this session will include overviews of the MCFD Agreement with Young Adults Program, the Provincial Tuition Waiver Program and financial supports like the Youth Education Assistance Fund and Youth Futures Education Fund and the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks Dream Fund. We will provide information about public post-secondary institutions which have attended our sessions to share specific supports for students that include institutional tuition waivers, admissions processes, financial resources, awards/scholarships, wrap around supports, counselling, mental health services, student services etc.
This information is important to support youth in making a positive transition to adulthood. Young people who have lived experience in care may have unique circumstances that could require additional guidance navigating through adult systems. Our objective in presenting this information is to reach school counsellors across the province who provide key guidance and information to young people at a formative stage in their lives. Counsellors have an influential role in which they encourage and motivate young people to know that there are programs and resources available to pursue their dreams and goals.
Keri Trinder is a Team Lead with the Ministry of Children and Family Development in Surrey.
Tracey Eyles is an Outreach Advocate with the Representative for Children and Youth.