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Introduction to the Canadian Post-Secondary Access Partnership . Goals of this session. Introduce the Canadian Post Secondary Access Partnership to conference delegates Opportunity to network and learn from the expertise of the participants in this session Share challenges and best practices .

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Goals Partnership of this session

  • Introduce the Canadian Post Secondary Access Partnership to conference delegates

  • Opportunity to network and learn from the expertise of the participants in this session

  • Share challenges and best practices

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Purpose Partnership

Increase awareness on how to access Post-Secondary Education for youth and adult learners that traditionally do not pursue PSE:

  • Low-income

  • Aboriginals

  • Immigrants to Canada

  • First Generation Students

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Why the Y ? Partnership

  • Y values - respect, responsibility, caring, honesty

  • Y in Canada - 53 associations – active in 250 communities

  • Y reach – all ages

  • Y we know children – we are the largest Canadian licensed childcare provider (founder of Playing to Learn and A Place to Connect Curriculums)

  • Y national leadership – YMCA of GTA – second largest YMCA in North America

  • Y Research – YMCA Teen and Young Adult Strategy & Adolescent Brain Development Research

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Barriers to PSE Partnership

  • Informational & Motivational

  • Academic

  • Social & Cultural

  • Financial

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YMCA Learning Partnership Adolescent Brain Development

We know that…

  • The pre-frontal cortex, home of the “executive functions” is not fully developed in adolescents. It is therefore unavailable as they make decisions that will impact their lives

  • Adolescents need the “scaffolding” that adults provide

  • Parent & adult involvement is vital to adolescent health & well-being

  • The absence of adults in young people’s lives creates serious risk to their health & well-being.

    “Teen and Young Adult Strategy”, YMCA of Greater Toronto, August 2007

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CANADIAN Partnership








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Access Network Partnership

The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation has laid the groundwork for the creation of a virtual access network as a component of the Partnership. The access network is a membership-based network of community access service providers, post-secondary institutions, not-for-profit partners, researchers and corporations interested in workforce development.

The network’s mandate:

Provide an ongoing source of professional development opportunities and training

  • Act as a clearinghouse for new ideas, resources and applied research

  • Be a platform for joint advocacy

  • Constitute a forum for international exchange and collaboration

  • Act as a vehicle to channel broad-based national efforts aimed at improving post-secondary access in Canada through fundraising and social marketing

  • Host conferences or workshops

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You Can Go Partnership

YOU CAN GO access workers help youth and their parents/guardians:

  • Explore future career paths and employment options that fit their interests

  • Discover why a post-secondary education is a step to seriously consider

  • Identify post-secondary programs at various colleges, universities, technical institutes or apprenticeship programs that would set them off on their chosen career path

  • Select the programs and school(s) most likely to meet their needs and assist them in completing their applications

  • Connect with support services at post-secondary institutions to help ease the transition and improve their chances of success

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Delivery Methods Partnership Service delivery in French, English & other languages as neededYouth Workshops: Skills, Opportunities, Achievements, Results Series; Choosing Your Destination Preparing for Your Journey Soaring through Turbulence Financial Aid:Understanding costs of PSEShow me the Money

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Delivery Methods Partnership (cont’d)

  • Workshops for Adults

  • Workshops for Parents

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Delivery Methods Partnership (cont’d)

  • Education System Presentations (provincial focus) i.e. Ontario Education System for Students and Ontario Education System for Parents

  • Career Focused Events

    Guest Speakers from different occupations speak about their educational path

  • One-on-one

    Individual Meetings for Post-Secondary Education information (with an initial needs assessment)

  • Campus Tours

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Information Collection Partnership

  • WEST (Web Enabled Student Tracking System) Database Case Management System

  • Records relevant participant information

  • Provides a quick snapshot on progress

  • Allows us to understand our participant base and how we are serving them

  • Gives a clear picture on the communities served and identifies potential national best practices

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Relevant Learning & Partnership Future Steps

Provision of about 16,000 services:

- 2,000 one-on-one

- 14,000 participants in the workshop setting

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Relevant Learning & Future Steps (cont’d) Partnership

  • Volunteering Component

  • Role of the Partnership

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“…lifting barriers that restrict access to under-represented groups creates an economically healthy, equitable society”

Scott Haldane, President & CEO YMCA Canada

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Thank you for attending this presentation! under-represented groups creates an economically healthy, equitable society”


Adela Colhon Dan Wise

Manager Vice President

Canadian Post Secondary National & Provincial

Access Partnership Programs

YMCA of Greater Toronto YMCA of Greater Toronto

[email protected]