Emily Goncalves started studying in September to become a social worker because her school, Vancouver Island University, waives tuition for former foster children.
Now Goncalves and the estimated 100 other former foster children on tuition waivers can apply for a fund that provides them with some money to help pay for living expenses while they are at school, because they don’t have a traditional network of parents and relatives to ask for assistance.
“There’s rent, books, food, phone bills, Internet bill, hydro. (This fund) is really important, it just creates more opportunity,” said Goncalves, 24.
The Youth Futures Education Fund now has $776,000, thanks to contributions from Coast Capital Savings, the ministry for children and family development, Vancouver Foundation, and others.
This article and photograph were originally published by The Vancouver Sun on November 18, 2015.
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