“I want every young person in this province to have the opportunity to be the best they can be at school and in their communities,” said Chief. “The partners we have in Bright Futures aren’t afraid to be adaptive and create programs that are showing staggering academic outcomes.”
One partner, Peaceful Village, provides refugee students tutoring in their first language along with access to cultural and recreational activities. The program has demonstrated success in improving students’ understanding of math, chemistry and other school subjects. The graduation rate for youth who participate in the program was 96 per cent last year.
The influence of the program is extended by encouraging the students’ families and caregivers to get involved in activities like community kitchens, family English language classes and family gardens. Students are also able to earn up to up to $1,000 per year for post-secondary education.
Now in its sixth year, the province is increasing funding to more than $4 million for Bright Futures partners. Other partnerships provide programs that range from money-management training to career exploration, cultural exchanges, and university and college campus day camps.
To get involved and for more information on Bright Futures programs, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/cyo/MobilePages/youth/leadership/brightfutures.html.