Indspire: A richer life for Indigenous youth

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Indspire: A richer life for Indigenous youth by Mind Map: Indspire: A richer life for Indigenous youth

1. What are the vision and goals of the agency?

1.1. Indspire is an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people.

1.2. Vision: Enriching Canada through Indigenous education by inspiring achievemnt

1.3. Mission: Indspire educates, connects and invests in Indigenous people so they will achieve their highest potential

1.4. Within a generation, every Indigenous student will graduate.

1.5. Statement of Values: The organization is committed to nurturing, sharing and honouring diversity in First Nations, Inuit and Metis cultures and traditions.

2. Does the agency specifically address equity, inclusion and historically marginalized communities (topic A or topic B)? How? Or How not?

2.1. The agency specifically addresses the equity and inclusivity of Indigenous students within the school system. Research has shown that Indigenous student are far less likely to access post-secondary education due to the incompletion of secondary school. This organization, through mentorship and financial programs and bursaries, allows these students the opportunity to finish high school and pursue post-secondary education.

2.2. A unique feature of the program is that it offers support to students well into their search for a career and provides them coaching of life skills to ensure their success.

3. What services/programs for Ontario students and their families?

3.1. Serve First Nations, Inuit and Metis students in remote communities, rural areas and urban centres across Canada.

3.2. Disburse financial awards, deliver programs, and share resources with the goal of increasing graduation rates for Indigenous students.

4. How are services/programs accessed?

4.1. Bursaries and Scholarships

4.1.1. Indspire provides financial support for First Nations, Inuit and Metis students across Canada to assist them in completing their post-secondary education.

4.1.2. Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards (BBF)

4.1.2.1. Since 2004, Indspire has provided over $115 million in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit and Metis students

4.1.2.2. All BFF donations are matched by the Government of Canada.

4.1.2.3. This year, over 6,000 applications were processed

4.1.2.4. Wherever possible funds are awarded to a student to use as they wish - tuition, childcare, food, cultural support, shelter, travel, etc.

4.2. Rivers to Success Program

4.2.1. Indigenous Student Mentorship

4.2.2. Through the R2S, FNMI students will have access to Elders, Indigenous mentors, Indigenous Laureates, and Indigenous BBF alumni.

4.2.3. Three streams of mentorship

4.2.3.1. High school Stream:

4.2.3.1.1. Available to FNMI students in grades 10-12 offering path to graduation as well as next steps

4.2.3.1.2. Mentorship is in a group setting with ongoing support form facilitators (Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and educators until graduation

4.2.3.1.3. Ongoing feedback on essential skills: tips for study habits, choosing the right college or university, etc.

4.2.3.2. Post-Secondary Stream

4.2.3.2.1. Available to FNMI students in Grade 13 who have been accepted to or pursuing post-secondary studies

4.2.3.2.2. One-on-one mentorship from a respected professional through the R2S Portal

4.2.3.2.3. Online resources that are customized and personalized for each student

4.2.3.2.4. Practice at essential skills - job interviewing tips

4.2.3.3. Career Transition Stream

4.2.3.3.1. Available to FNMI students who's about to graduate and who's looking at entering the workforce

4.2.3.3.2. One-on-one mentorship

4.2.3.3.3. Ongoing support from Elder's, Knowledge Keepers, and educators

4.2.3.3.4. Practice at essential skills: job hunting advice, interview tips, personal finances

5. Interesting Facts

5.1. Approximately 90% of BbF recipients graduate

5.1.1. Of these graduation, nearly 90% have obtained employment

5.1.2. 70% of employed BBF recipients work in fields that support the Indigenous commnuity