The Student Support Navigator provides outreach and guidance to prospective and current students who have experience in Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) Care, alternative secondary education,ÌýareÌýfirst-generation students or mature students.
Youth formerly in B.C. care can qualify for financial support to cover the cost of education.ÌýWe help you get connected to what youâ€™re eligible for.
As defined by the Child, Family and Community Service Act, a youth in careÌýis someone who isÌýcurrently, or has received care from the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency (DAA) through theÌýChild, Family and Community Service ActÌýfor a minimum of twelve months (consecutive or accumulated) in any, or a combination, of the following categories:Ìý
Continuing Custody OrderÌýpursuant to sections 41 (1) (d), 42.2 (4) (d) or (7) or 49 (4), (5) or 10 (a) of the ActÌý
- A protection order in which the court has assigned permanent custody of the child to the Director of Child Welfare (the Director).Ìý
Temporary Custody OrderÌý
- A protection order in which the court has assigned custody of the child to the Director on a temporary basis.Ìý
Special Needs AgreementÌýpursuant to section 7 of the ActÌý
- A parent of a child with special needs may voluntarily and temporarily agree to place the child in the care of the Director.Ìý
Voluntary Care AgreementÌýpursuant to section 6 of the ActÌý
- A parent voluntarily and temporarily places the child in the care of the DirectorÌý
Youth AgreementÌýpursuant to section 12.2 of the ActÌý
- The Director enters into an agreement with a youth (ages 16 â€“ 19) who needs assistance to live independently and cannot be re-established with family.Ìý
Extended Family PlanÌýpursuant to section 8 of the ActÌý
- A parent voluntarily and temporarily places the child in the care of an adult who has an established familial, relational, or cultural connection to the child.Ìý
Permanent Transfer ofÌýCustody OrderÌýpursuant to section 54.01 or 54.1 of the ActÌý
- An order in which the court permanently transfers custody to another (non-parent) family member or another adult with an established relational or cultural connection to the child.Ìý
Temporary Transfer of CustodyÌýpursuant to section 41(1)(b) of the ActÌý
A protection order in which the court temporarily places the child in the custody of an adult, other than a parent, who has an established familial, relational, or cultural connection to the child.
How can the Student Support Navigator help me?
- Help you apply into government programs such as the Provincial Tuition Waiver. ProgramÌý(PTWP), the Youth Educational Assistance FundÌý(YEAF) and theÌýAgreements with Young AdultsÌý(AYA).
- Help you with your application for scholarships, grants and bursaries.ÌýÌý
- Connecting you to on-campus and off-campus resourcesÌýÌý
- Check-ins throughout your journey at Douglas
- Events and workshops throughout the year
- Developing life skills, time management and organizational skillsÌý
- Helping youÌýaccess counselling and mental health supportsÌý
- Teaching you problem solving skills, where to seek help and learning how to identify solutions
- Providing 1:1 support with goal setting and tracking progress
- Peer-to-peer support available through assistant student peer navigators
Former Youth In Care
First Generation Students
Kate (She/her), Student Support Navigator
Kate is a second-generation Vietnamese-Canadian who was born in Prince Rupert, B.C and has lived in Vancouver since. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia where she majored in Psychology and minored in Health and Society. Kate comes from a background of working in non-profit organizations in various support roles for vulnerable populations. Her experiences lend a strong understanding of intersectionality, anti-oppressive work, and social injustices for discriminated communities. She is passionate about positively developing people in their lives through empathetic communication and strength recognition. When she isnâ€™t working, Kateâ€™s at a yoga studio, the gym, or a volleyball court! She an avid baker, crafter, and loves bonding over anything TV/Film or music!
- Serving students in bothÌýNew West & Coquitlam CampusÌý