Youth Support is a free service available to youth in care between the ages of 12 and 18 years who are dealing with independence related issues and would like some help. 

The Renewed Youth Support program (RYS) provides services to youth who were previously involved with the agency.  To be eligible you must have been in care under a court order (i.e. Crown Wardship, Society Wardship or Temporary Care and Custody Order) or a Customary Care Agreement and you must be 16 or 17 years old. 

Crown Wards or former Crown Wards currently have Continued Care and Support for Youth (CCSY) opportunities and Crown Ward Education.   

For more information regarding colleges and universities participating in tuition aid please refer to this list 100% Tuition Aid for Youth Leaving Care

YouthCAN (Communication, Advocacy and Networking) is a program for youth in care of Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario, and Children’s Aid staff who work with them.  YouthCAN activities are organized through the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies.

KRRDCFS sincerely thanks The Kenora & Lake of The Woods Regional Community Foundation and the Hill Family Foundation for supporting the educational needs of children in care. Grant monies received go directly toward educational needs of our children in care through our agency operated Kumon educational tutoring program for children who struggle with reading and math. We continue to see remarkable results when our children catch up and sometimes go beyond their grade levels. Community teachers and caregivers often remark how well our children are doing at school and how their confidence grows as well as their improved self-esteem. The ultimate goal is to build pathways toward post-secondary education and a bright future for every children in care.

The Clark Bursary Fund was established in 1989 through a generous donation by Ron and Nancy Clark of Caledonia.  It was created to assist youth in care and former wards to achieve their academic and career goals.

The Evelyn Koski Crown Ward Assistance Award is available to Ontario Crown Wards leaving or having left care, up to the age 29 enrolled in any full-time certificate diploma or degree program. Applicants for this award must be a Crown Ward who is leaving or a former Crown Ward who has left the Ontario Foster Care system.  The award is valued at $1,500 per academic year. It includes one-on-one academic and social support. This is a continuation scholarship that is available to the recipient for consecutive years, providing that he or she maintains a full course load and good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must supply a 250 word submission outlining the applicant's personal story and why he/she wishes to pursue the specific program at Cambrian College. Students must provide proof that he/she has been in the foster care system. This may include a letter from a professional or an individual who can attest to the fact that the applicant was, at one time, in the care of the Ontario foster care system. Recipient must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Recipient must be an Ontario resident. Students are required to complete a Cambrian College In-course Awards Application Form. Apply online at cambriancollege.ca/scholarships. Application deadline is October 16, 2015. For more information please call (705) 566-8101, extension 6471 or email awards@cambriancollege.ca    

Ken Dryden Scholarships are awarded to select young people, currently or formerly in the care of the Canadian child welfare system, who demonstrate great achievement and promise. Each scholarship covers up to $3,000 or 80% of the cost of tuition and fees, whichever is less, and is renewable annually. The application deadline for the scholarship has been extended to May 1, 2015.

Research studies of more than 4 million young people across North America (as well as other countries) show that the more Developmental Assets young people have, the more likely they are to be prepared for life and the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors. The following 40 Developmental Assets illustrate the importance of healthy development for early childhood (ages 3-5), children (ages 5-9), middle childhood (ages 8-12), and for adolescents (ages 12-18).