Each spring, Yukon Education distributes Every Student, Every Day’s application for funding and a selection committee made up of department representatives, educators and Every Student, Every Day champions reviews the submissions and awards funding for the upcoming school year.
Since the first $50,000 was raised, awarded and distributed to student attendance initiative projects in April 2013, $650,000 has been raised and distributed to directly support over 90 grassroots projects.
Some heartening and heart-warming highlights over the past five years include Every Student, Every Day projects from Old Crow to Watson Lake (and almost every Yukon community in between).
Most importantly, five years of project funding has clearly revealed that Every Student, Every Day, and your ongoing commitment to our volunteer efforts, is producing tangible and positive results, which are helping to keep our students, in school, every day.
EARLY MOTIVATION: 2013-2014
In Every Student, Every Day’s initial year, which awarded funds totalling $50,000 to 11 projects in schools across the territory, 64 percent of the schools that received funding demonstrated improved attendance compared to the previous year spurring us on to continue building partnerships to keep our students in school.
High School Shows High Results: 2014-2015
One example during the 2014-2015 school year, was an Every Student, Every Day funded initiative at F.H. Collins High School in Whitehorse, which demonstrated a 36 percent increase in attendance in only one year.
100 Per Cent Improvement : 2015-2016
In the 2015-2016 school year, 10 out of 10 schools that received Every Student, Every Day funding demonstrated increased attendance. Projects that year included Tantalus School in Carmacks, Elijah Smith, Selkirk and Jack Hulland Elementary Schools in Whitehorse, Watson Lake Secondary School, Eliza Van Bibber School in Pelly Crossing, the Individual Learning Centre and Porter Creek and F.H. Collins Secondary Schools in Whitehorse.
Continued Encouragement: 2016-2017
The results of the fourth year continued to be encouraging with eight of eight Yukon schools that received Every Student, Every Day funding reporting improved student attendance.
According to the Individual Learning Centre, which received funding that year:
“Based on the participation levels of ILC student, the staff at the ILC sees this (its Every Student, Every Day funded project) as having been a very beneficial initiative. Student attendance, concentration and engagement in their studies improved.”
Continued Encouragement: 2017-2018
During Yukon Education Week this past April, another $50,000 was awarded to 15 student attendance initiatives across the territory, of 22 submitted. We are encouraged by the increasing number and quality of proposals submitted and look forward to the results of the projects funded last spring, which are currently being implemented during this 2017-2018 school year.
Looking forward: 2019-2021
Now it its seventh year, response to the funding made available by Every Student, Every Day continues to grow and diversify as the community gains awareness of the charity’s efforts.
This year, $100,000 was available to Yukon schools, community organizations and Yukon First Nations and everyone looks forward to these projects’ success in this school year. In the 2020-2021 school year, $150,000 will be available for projects.
We want to hear from you!
Please send us your ideas or attendance success stories