Educational Resources

SPFB believes that education is key to building a solid foundation for healthy communities and more options for employment. We have compiled a list of educational resources for you to consider; think of those areas that are of most interest to you and begin researching and building ideas from there.  Your Employment Counsellors, Case Managers and Academic Advisors are available to assist.   Please feel free to contact these organizations directly for more information.

  • BC Secondary School Graduation -The B.C. school system offers a variety of options for students of all ages to complete secondary school or its equivalent and to meet their individual needs.  Every student is different and there are number of ways a student can earn credit for graduation.  B.C. offers flexibility and choice to assist students in meeting their goals.
  • YWCA - Metro Vancouver, Single Moms - The YWCA has a special role to play in advocating on behalf of single mothers to reduce the barriers to their full participation in education, employment and economic independence.
  • Minerva Foundation, Education Awards - The Minerva Foundation for BC Women has established an Education Awards Program to help BC women advance themselves by continuing their education. More than 500 women in BC have benefited by receiving a Minerva Foundation Education Award.
  • EducationPlanner.ca - Information on undergraduate program availability, application dates, tuition costs, admission requirements, lengths, and much more at post-secondary institutions throughout BC.  List of educational institutions.
  • BC Labour Market Programs Inventory - Look into B.C. programs and services that help people gain skills and find employment. Check if you qualify under their eligibility requirements.  For example, do you need to be an Employment Insurance client? On Income Assistance? Unemployed, but not on assistance of any kind? Do you belong to a group of people for whom specialized programs are available (e.g., youth, older workers, Aboriginal people, immigrants or people with disabilities)?
  • BC Public Library Services - Public libraries provide equal access to information and information services for all British Columbians which is as important and crucial today as it was when B.C.’s first public library was established in 1891.
  • StudentAidBC - Determine whether you are eligible for student financial assistance, then find out how to apply for and receive your student loan.
  • StrongStart BC - Early learning programs provide school-based early learning services for adults and their young children, aged birth to five, at no cost to families. Both children and adults can benefit from StrongStart BC early learning programs – children have access to high-quality learning environments and benefit from social interactions while the adults who accompany them learn new ways to support learning, both at the program and at home. A list of up-and-running programs is available online.