Boundless equips and empowers at-risk youth in East Vancouver for healthy lives and future success. Each year we match 20 youth, aged 13-18, with one-on-one volunteer mentors who meet with each of them for 5-8 hours per month to build a healthy friendship and to provide support and accountability. Mentors and mentees work on life goals that they establish three times a year (January, May, and September). Through Boundless we also provide youth with resources and networks to help them break down barriers to success. For example, we cover costs for practical items such as ID, clothes for job interviews, bus fares and school supplies. In addition, the youth participate in monthly life-skills workshops and safe and emotionally supportive social events.
We have a strong focus on high school completion. This focus is critical as graduating from high school is a big step for Aboriginal youth. In the 2017/2018 school year only 56% of Aboriginal students graduated with a Dogwood Certificate (BC’s graduation requirements and the academic standard necessary to pursue post-secondary education). This is drastically debilitating in an environment where higher education is assumed and required for most job opportunities.
This summer, we are hoping to raise $3,359 to cover transportation costs for Boundless for a year. This transportation is necessary as the majority of our youth do not have access to a vehicle and would not be able to access Boundless without transportation.