News & Events

New CEO Announcement!

New CEO Announcement!

Today, the Board of Directors of BGC Saskatoon (formerly Boys and Girls Club of Saskatoon) announces that Heidi Carl will become the new CEO of the organization effective April 15, 2024. After an extensive search across Canada, Carl was promoted from within the [...]

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CEO Recruitment

CEO Recruitment

  Are you an energetic, strategic, and enthusiastic leader prepared to leave a lasting mark? Are you a forward-thinking visionary, eager to shape the direction of one of the largest child and youth serving organizations in Saskatchewan? If you answered yes, then BGC [...]

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Board of Directors Recruitment

Board of Directors Recruitment

  BGC Saskatoon is inviting applications for our board of directors. If you are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of children and youth in our community, consider joining the Board of Directors at BGC Saskatoon. We welcome all individuals [...]

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National Youth Council

National Youth Council

We know that when we engage youth, we make a big impact on their lives. As an organization, we are committed to creating spaces and opportunities that support youth to reach their potential.  BGC Saskatoon is excited to announce that one of our own, Laura, has been [...]

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Innovation Grub Club!

Innovation Grub Club!

Introducing the Innovation Grub Club! BGC Saskatoon has proudly partnered with Innovation CU to provide healthy snacks to the children in our Mini Club [...]

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News & Events

by | Jun 14, 2021 | 1 comment

The Storwell Foster Children Bursary Program Offers $2,000 to Help Former Foster Children Achieve their Educational Goals

According to the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, right now there are approximately 63,000 Canadian children living in permanent care with foster families, extended family, or in group homes. Many of these children and youth often experience difficulties gaining access to adequate education opportunities from an early age, especially when it comes to post-secondary education. A study done in 2017 by the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth found that 56% of Ontario Crown Wards end up dropping out of high school.

Along with providing easily accessible and affordable self storage, Storwell is also devoted to helping out the local community through various social initiatives. In response to the growing number of foster children and youth in care that struggle to afford post-secondary studies, Storwell has developed the Foster Children Bursary Program. The aim of the bursary program is to provide foster children and youth in care with resources and opportunities that might be otherwise unavailable to them.

Many young people leaving foster care do not have the same educational and employment opportunities as their contemporaries, leading to an employment rate 20% less than their peers. This lack of formal employment contributes to the risk of homelessness. Without a stable source of income, some former foster youth struggle with food security and long-term housing stability.

With the proper tools and opportunities, these students can overcome their struggles and work towards building a better life for themselves through the pursuit of higher education. Storwell offers an annual bursary of $2,000 to help foster children attend post-secondary schools and to offer a hand up as they make their way forward in life. Eligibility requirements and access to the application form can be found at: https://www.storwell.com/bursary-application