Friday, November 20, 2015

Chinook Regional Foundation for Career Transitions awarded substantial grant

$170,000 grant will help launch new SPARC program to help youth throughout Southwest Alberta

press release

Lethbridge, AB (November 20, 2015) – The Community Foundations of Canada is granting $170,000 over the next two years to the Chinook Regional Foundation for Career Transitions to fund their newest program “Project SPARC Southwest.” SPARC stands for Students Participating Actively in Realizing Connections. This new program will be helping approximately 300 youth from six school divisions throughout the southwest.

The project will be regional in scope, with schools referring students with highest priority of need to Career Transitions. This includes students who are still enrolled in school, but not actively attending or engaged in their classes. The SPARC program will allow Career Transitions to meet with students who need it most to discuss their options for their future. The program will be delivered out of sites such as Victoria Park High School in Lethbridge, and Career Transitions will be partnering with local agency 5th on 5th Youth Services to carry out certain aspects of the program.

“This is not going to be a cookie-cutter program, and will be customized for each student based on their individual needs,” says Career Transitions Executive Director Judy Stolk-Ingram.

The Chinook Regional Foundation for Career Transitions is the only organization in Alberta to be awarded with a grant from the Youth Catalyst Fund from the Community Foundations of Canada. The Youth Catalyst Fund is supporting 10 innovative programs that are improving pathways to educational and career success for young people across Canada, including youth living with disabilities, and Aboriginal and newcomer youth that face disadvantages and barriers. The Youth Catalyst Fund is part of a multi-sector partnership mobilizing private, public and philanthropic contributions from partners such as The TK Foundation and the Teekay Shipping (Canada) Ltd.

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