In Calgary 3,000 youth do not complete High School on time each year.
Only 75% of Alberta students graduate high school within the traditional three-year period. The annual societal cost of one youth not completing high school is $15,850 in health care, social assistance, crime and other costs.
7.8% of Indigenous students quit high school in 2013, in comparison to a provincial rate of 3.3%.
The Education programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary are guided by 3 principles:
- Keep youth in school
- Bring youth back to school
- Connect youth to future possibilities
In 2015, 328 vulnerable youth were supported by eight Success Coaches through All In For Youth, a partner program with the United Way of Calgary and Area that helps youth return to school by removing barriers that were preventing them from completing their education. Of those youth who participated, 70% reported an increase in school attendance.