Education and Employment Programs

Education and Employment Programs

Rogers Raising the Grade

With the support of the Rogers Youth Fund, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada delivers a multi-faceted education program called Rogers Raising the Grade, , aimed at increasing academic skills, high school graduation rates and access to post-secondary education for at-risk youth from a select group of Boys and Girls Clubs across the country.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Airdrie is pleased and proud to be part of Rogers Raising the Grade. The program gives youth the tools and opportunities to excel in school and go on to become successful and independent. Young people can explore their personal interests and connect with mentors, tutors and friends while enhancing their digital literacy through this after-school program.

Rogers Raising the Grade technology centre Our Rogers Raising the Grade technology centre provides a designated space with access to high-speed Internet and up-to-date computers in order to support learning. A positive, collaborative environment helps youth feel comfortable and engaged and is reserved for Rogers Raising the Grade participants at specific times during the week. Outside of the program hours, the Rogers Raising the Grade technology centre is open to all Club members. For more information on Rogers Raising the Grade contact Cheryl Cresine at 403-948-3331 or

About Rogers Youth Fund: The Rogers Youth Fund initiative is a national program that helps youth overcome education challenges and excel in the classroom and beyond. The Rogers Youth Fund is currently working with 16 local charities as well as Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada nationally. For more information, visit

For additional information, please visit the link below:

Rogers Raising the Grade Website

Raise Em Up!

Raise ‘Em Up! is a youth education and skill building initiative focused on increasing academic skill, life skills and leadership development. The Raise ‘Em Up! program offers youth ages 12-24 support as they transition from their early academic lives into adulthood. 
Due to the large spread of ages that Raise ‘Em Up! services, the program is broken into three age appropriate categories and is administered by a Youth Education Coach. Our Youth Education Coach attends onsite school visits and facilitates fluidly with teachers and administrators to accommodate academic and skill building support for students. The Youth Education Coach works with a series of workshops called Real Life 101 which covers the three outlined age appropriate categories of life skills. All the workshops are flexible and can be used together or individually in large or small group settings or in one on one meetings with the kids.
 Below is a quick overview of the life skills the Raise ‘Em Up! program covers via the Real Life 101 workshop series:
• Grade 7-8 (Your Future Begins!) focused on academics, interpersonal and transferable skill development, self discovery and community involvement.
• Grade 9-12 (Plan Your Future!) focused on academics, pre employability skills and financial literacy.
• Grade 12+ (Your Future is Here!) focused on personal and financial management and healthy life choice transitioning into adulthood. 

For more information on this program, please contact Cheryl Cresine, Manager of Youth Education and Employment Services by email at or phone 403.948.3331.

Success for Youth

Program Details:

“Success for Youth”, funded by the Government of Canada’s Youth Skills Link Program. This is a PAID training and work experience program to assist youth between the ages of 15 and 30 who are interested in gaining employability skills and work experience to pursue their career goals and objectives. 

Participants have the opportunity to earn an allowance equivalent to minimum wage at 30 hours per week that will have two intake periods. Selected participants will receive training to ensure they are employment ready when they are ready to enter their work experience placements. Participants will attend work experience for 5 days per week for a total of 37.5 hours per week for 12 weeks.


- Between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection;
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
- Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
- Not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits; and
- In need of assistance to overcome employment barriers.

For more information, contact Cheryl Cresine, Manager of Youth Education and Employment Services by email at or phone 403.948.3331.

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Skills Link Program

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Skilled4Success provides youth age 13-18 with access to reliable information about the skilled trades, provincially regulated apprenticeship programs, and career planning. 
The program offers job skills training, networking opportunities with skilled trades professionals, and a chance to job-shadow at a Kal Tire store. 
While there is a focus on skilled trades, Skilled4Success is designed to introduce youth to general skills that can be applied in any career, no matter what sector it is in.
For more information, please contact Cheryl Cresine, Manager of Youth Education and Employment Services at or 403.948.3331.

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