“When I was four years old my four siblings and I were removed from their care, and I spent my childhood with various family members until my sister took custody at age eighteen. My parents’ substance-use and mental health struggles impeded them from purchasing life insurance or pursuing financial planning…” Read Kim’s story.
“Initially, I told myself I’d be a social worker. That way I could help people struggling with addiction, just like my dad. But really, I chose this route because it seemed like a practical path that would result in a stable job. My anxiety for financial stability held me back…” Read Lauren’s story.
“I was on the debate team all through high school and dreamt of going to Harvard law school. I even graduated high school with a 93% average. But after attending one info session, I knew my family could not afford it and I would have to save up myself if I wanted to go…” Read Natasha’s story.
“Every step of my academic journey had been burdened by financial challenges. I put myself through school by aggressively working multiple jobs and saving money, applying for social support in the form of bursaries for children in government care, and seeking every scholarship opportunity… “ Read Serena’s story.
“I have maintained a 92% grade average while working 25 hours a week since I was 13 years old. I have financially supported my family with car repair payments, groceries, and household bills. Throughout all of this my want to learn, grow and become someone who can create change in the world has increased every year…” Read Tehya’s story.