Support Seneca

May 24, 2018

Local philanthropist and business leader Peter Gilgan, has donated $30,000 to Seneca’s Youth to Postsecondary Education project (Y2P).

Peter Gilgan Foundation

Positioned in the heart of Jane and Finch, Seneca’s Yorkgate Campus is home to the Y2P program. In a neighbourhood where 62 per cent of residents are newcomers to Canada and 23 per cent are considered low income, Y2P helps disadvantaged youth get back into the classroom by providing free-of-charge academic and life-skills training.

A former Y2P student lauds the program, calling it “a very good and uplifting way for newcomers, school dropouts and other individuals to upgrade their education, and a great step towards a better future”.

The project aims to provide participants with a clear path towards postsecondary education and better career prospects by focusing on practical subjects including math, English, time management, goal setting, creative thinking, and interpersonal communication.

Since its launch in May 2015, more than 150 students have enrolled in Y2P. To date, 66 per cent of students who have completed courses moved forward to Seneca’s Academic Upgrading, which then provides pathways to Seneca's degree, diploma and certificate programs.

In addition to supporting Y2P, Gilgan’s generous donation will also support financial aid awards for students.

Founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes, Gilgan donates to a variety of causes with a focus on supporting children, youth and families. Thanks to donors like The Peter Gilgan Foundation, the impact of this project is expanding.

Learn more about how to support students like those in the Youth to Postsecondary Education program by contacting advancement@senecacollege.ca.