As part of our commitment to ensuring the advancement of financial literacy in Canada, the AFC works to promote youth awareness and education in mathematics and financial matters.
Here’s a look at some of the youth programs we support financially.
Canadian Mathematical Society
The AFC, in partnership with the Canadian Mathematical Society, provides funding for Math Camps, math enrichment camps designed primarily for Canadian students in Grades 8 through 11.We subsidize Black and Indigenous students participating in CMS math competitions and also help fund the training and travel expenses of the Canadian European Girls’ Mathematics Olympiad Team.
Dollars with Sense
Sponsored since 2010, Dollars with Sense is a program available for Grade 7 to 9 students in Ontario, Québec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, PEI, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, in partnership with Junior Achievement (JA Canada). Led by experienced business volunteers, including actuaries, students learn about money management, simple investment strategies, and making informed decisions.
Economics for Success
Delivered through JA Canada, Economics for Success is targeted at Grade 8 to 10 students in Québec, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, PEI, New Brunswick and Ontario. The program helps students develop positive attitudes towards education and the future, explore the relationship between education and personal goals, and learn about managing money and credit.
An extension of the engineering department of the University of Ottawa, Engineering Outreach provides STEM programs to youth. The AFC is pleased to support a new initiative that provides workshops for mathematics teachers to incorporate coding and technology into their mathematics curricula.
Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences
The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) is committed to increasing public awareness of the importance of mathematics. PIMS initiatives include working with First Nations in British Columbia to improve math literacy. The AFC supports PIMS’ work with grants to sponsor teacher-training workshops focused on Indigenous and other at-risk students.
Science and Mathematics in Action (SMAC)
SMAC is a project coordinated by Laval University with a mandate to awaken and strengthen youth interest in science and mathematics, support the work of math, science and technology teachers by providing them access to interactive educational tools and demystify mathematics in the general population, Most of their outreach is in Quebec but their Show Math video has been shown across Canada.
Shad Canada empowers grade 10 and 11 students through live-in summer science-tech-engineering-arts-math and entrepreneurial experiences. The AFC supports these students in a math-related curriculum of lectures, labs and workshops designed to open their minds and broaden their perspectives about possible education and career paths.
Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS)
The TFSS delivers after school programming for low income families in the Greater Toronto Area. Since 2014, the AFC has sponsored a financial literacy component as part of their Beyond 3:30 program to help develop life-long skills.
Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program
This program addresses the under-representation of Indigenous students at Canadian universities by offering opportunities to Indigenous grade eleven students to spend one week in a campus research laboratory. During the week, students meet role models, learn about support systems on campus and experience the excitement of doing research in math-related subjects.
Youth Science Canada
In partnership with the AFC, Youth Science Canada recognizes youth excellence in Canada’s science industry. The AFC Awards, presented at the annual Canada-Wide Science Fair, are given to outstanding projects that demonstrate effective use of mathematics, database manipulation, and statistical analysis in investigating or solving complex problems.
Girls to the Power of Math
The AFC supports Girls to the Power of Math (G^M), a program working with elementary school students who identify as girls and assists them in learning math through mentorship programs.
The program is coordinated through the Learning Buddies Network to provide mentors for students in under-resourced and underserved Vancouver communities. The mentors are high school and university students who identify as female and are proficient in mathematics.
If you would like to get involved with one of the youth education programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.