Make the Shad Dream a Reality
Thanks to donor generosity, Shad has expanded
Expansion: Donors help Shad grow and expand to meet demand
“It is crucial that this program continues to receive the financial support it deserves. Without thisGurnoor Kaur Minhas, Brantford, Ontario
aidit is not possible for students from low incomefamilies to receive the same opportunities as their peers. This program has a special place in my heart and I look forward to donating in the future; it is crucial that this experience remains accessible to all students regardless of their financial situation.”
Inclusivity: Donors fuel accessibility, diversity and inclusion
Shad recognizes that the capacity to love STEAM is not tied to gender, economic status, or ethnicity.
Donors ensure Shad participants include bright young women, Indigenous youth, students from remote/rural parts of Canada, and those living in challenging financial circumstances. Students are empowered to apply and accept their place with confidence and without the worry of financial burdens.
“I would not have been able to go to Shad without financial help. As a First Nation youth, coming to Shad was a big step to take but I was lucky to be able to go. Some families are able to pay for their children to go. I am lucky to have a donor who thinks I can make a change in the world.”Olivia Cahoose, Bella Coola, British Columbia
Financial Barriers: Donors crush financial barriers to participation
Donor generosity allows youth to express endless curiosity, explore their love of learning, and strive for their full potential.
- Donors provide > $1-million in bursaries each year
- 30% of Shad participants qualify for & receive bursary support
- Shad’s outreach team visits more schools in rural/remote, economically vulnerable and underrepresented areas every year
Many participants qualify to have their Shad costs covered by bursary support, including travel. Others need a smaller boost to make their Shad dream a reality.
“I was hesitant to apply to Shad at first because I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to afford the program, but when I received the bursary, I was no longer stressed about the cost of Shad, and instead I was able to let the excitement build. It was because of you that I had the opportunity to build on my knowledge of a diverse range of subjects, and it was because of your generosity that I found a Shad family that I never knew was missing from my life, and forKeiran Andrews, Hunter River, Prince Edward Island
thatI will be forever grateful.”
Shad community partnerships
Shad is committed to reaching vulnerable youth across Canada and has partnered with a number of community organizations that connect directly to underserved populations.
These organizations have feet on the ground, delivering programs and services in Indigenous, rural and remote and economically vulnerable communities. These long and sustainable relationships identify Shad-ready participants and build a continuum of support for disadvantaged youth.