KPU launches support program for former youth in care

Mon, Aug 10, 2015

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Beginning this fall, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will begin extending financial aid and other supports to former youth in care pursuing post-secondary education.

Developed through the university’s Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement (ACA), the pilot program will cover tuition and student fees for up to five applicants who have been accepted to KPU. Additional funding from the Irving K. Barber Endowment for Educational Opportunities will assist with other educational expenses, including textbooks.

“As with similar programs at other B.C. post-secondary institutions, support for former youth in care helps to level the playing field for this particular group of young people as they transition to their adult lives,” said Patrick Donahoe, dean of ACA. ”KPU strives to make education accessible to all learners. This program is another step in that direction, and one we’re proud to take.”

Students accepted to KPU’s Support Program for Former Youth-in-Care will be matched to a dedicated academic advisor for academic planning, regular student check-ins and referrals to other KPU services and programming. Students will also receive priority access to the dean’s office within the Faculty of ACA.

“KPU’s new program for former youth in care is wonderful news,” said Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development. “Many of these youth have overcome some extraordinary circumstances throughout their lives and this program will help them achieve the bright and successful future they deserve.”

Though currently a one-year pilot, there are plans to continue and potentially expand the program following the 2015-16 academic year. Come September, KPU will be one of 11 post-secondary institutions in B.C. with funding programs for former youth in care.

For more information on KPU's Support Program for Former Youth-in-Care, visit Information on Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement programs is available at

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