Youth Education Bursary Applications Open

The Youth Education Bursary is one of the projects that drew me to the Federation. Like many of you, I have had the privilege of walking and working alongside committed, skilled young people who want to use their talents and experiences in the service of others. These youth have taught me to be a better listener and to look at things differently, and they have modelled empathy in new and unique ways. I am a better professional because of these young people, and our sector is stronger each time one of these young people chooses to make this work their career.

That is why I am excited to announce that applications for the 2023 Youth Education Bursary are now open. I encourage you to share the application and information with the young people in your lives, and with your colleagues that work with young people. Print off an application, help youth fill out their applications, or offer to be one of their references. Do what you can to help young people access these funds. A big part of what Altogether better means to me is that we welcome young people into our circles and support those who would follow in our footsteps.
Bursary Application & Information

The Youth Education Bursary assists young people, ages 30 or younger, that are in or have been in care, and want to pursue a career in human and social services. Bursaries support students with the financial costs of tuition, books, and supplies for post-secondary academic education, training, or upgrading.

Youth can apply each year they are in school, and, if eligible, may receive funding each year they apply, as we share a long-term interest in their studies and development into social services professionals. Bursary applications are open until May 5, 2023.

“As a former youth in care, I bring my abilities to empathize, treat clients with compassion and dignity, and advocate for their right to make informed decisions for themselves. Moreover, I want children and youth growing up in our foster care systems to see themselves represented in the fields of human services. I want them to know that their biggest dreams are possible, despite all the adversities they will have to overcome to get there.” – 2022 Student

Support the Youth Education Bursary

The Youth Education Bursary is something that we can all be proud of. It was created by Federation members who were eager to support the youth we serve in a different, thoughtful way, and it remains a member-driven initiative. Since it was established by Federation members in 2009, the Youth Education Bursary has awarded $269,925 in bursaries to 199 students (as of July 2022).

Yes, the bursary encourages young people from care to pursue a career in social services, but it also shows them that they are valued and respected members of our community. Please donate to the bursary fund (and encourage others to donate) and help support youth in care with their post-secondary education. We need these dedicated, caring, and skilled young people in our field!