Youth to Postsecondary (Y2P) Education Project
The Youth to Postsecondary (Y2P) education project provides free-of-charge academic upgrading and life skills training to young adults living in the Jane and Finch community. This programming makes it possible to transition into college and apprenticeship courses or the workforce, improving their career opportunities and future prosperity.
In this priority neighbourhood:
- 62 per cent of the residents are newcomers
- English is often their second language
- Twenty-three per cent are considered low income
- Youth struggle academically and may end up leaving school early, joining the more than 40,000 annual high school dropouts in Canada.
Y2P students face many challenges outside of the classroom including precarious housing, unemployment, food insecurity, transportation and limited childcare. Y2P funding helps to off-set these costs allowing participants to focus on their academic development.
Since Y2P launched in September 2015, 225 students have enrolled and 50 per cent have completed the Y2P program and continued Academic Upgrading courses.
When young people are left out of the workforce and the classroom, the long-term societal costs are astronomical. The Canadian Council on Learning reports that the collective lifetime revenue loss for each person without any postsecondary education over a 35-year period is $307 billion and lifetime private health-care costs total $623 billion.
With the help of generous donors such as Peter Gilgan Foundation (2018-20) and Daniel and Emma Michael (2016-17), Y2P is giving a second chance to those young people who want to build a better future for themselves and their families.