Thirty students from 22 high schools and 13 First Nation, metis and Inuit communities made up year two of the Business Network for Aboriginal Youth at its commencement in October 2013. Twenty-six students completed all of the requirements for year two of the pilot program. Twelve of these students were in grade 12 and have graduated with their high school diploma in June 2013. Nine will attend post secondary in the fall, seven of whom have chosen business as their area of study. Over 75% of the students who started the program successfully completed all of the requirements.
Students who attended our final gathering completed an exit survey on their experiences, providing valuable feedback to shape year three of the program. The following highlights and responses are worth mentioning.
- 94% responded that they gained valuable experience through this mentorship progra
96% responded that this program met their expectations
- “I gained all the skills I needed, created great connections with good people, and built strong friendships."
- This program showed me what I can expect in the business world and will help me determine whether or not business is for me.”
90% responded that the challenges provided a fun way to learn about business concept
- “They helped me get excited about business.”
- “They showed me that there are many different ways to interact with business people.”
- “They got me thinking about what I’d like to do in the future.”
95% responded that, given the opportunity, they would participate in this program again.
- “I would in a heartbeat! It’s a great chance to learn about business and meet new people."
- “It helped me with my future and to be a team player.”
100% responded that they would recommend this program to a fellow student.
- “I want other students to have the same great experience I did!”
- “It’s great – especially on resumes.”
These results, particularly the last one, provide concrete evidence that the program has been successful in engaging students. In addition, of the 14 students who participated to year one and were eligible to reapply, 11 reapplied and 10 were selected. In year three, there will be 14 students who will be eligible to reply, all of whom have expressed interested in participating again.
By the Numbers
Year 2 (2012-2013)
- 26 students completed all of the requirements for the program
- 12 of these students were in grade 12 and have graduated from high school
- 9 of whom will be attending post secondary in September
- 7 of these 9 will be studying business
Year 1 (2011-2012)
- 21 students completed all of the requirements for the program
- 6 of these students were in grade 12 and have graduated from high school
- 4 of whom are now attending University
- 2 of these 4 are studying business
Year 1 & 2 Combined
39 students completed all of the requirements for the program
- 8 students have successfully completed both years
- 4 of whom will be studying business in the fall 2013
- 18 of these students were/are in grade 12
- 13 of these students are/will be attending post secondary
- 9 of these 13 are/will be studying business