Wayfinders aims to make learning and succeeding easy for students but the process can be overwhelming for families.
Here's a list of common questions we hear along with the answers we feel best explain what we do.
How do you choose which students and families can participate in Wayfinders?
We invite a variety of students to participate. Our students are new to Canada, involved with Child & Family Services, come from Northern communities and/or whose families meet the low-income requirement. Research has shown that these students most need and would most benefit from a little extra support on their way to academic, community and personal success.
What is a Student Parent Support Worker?
A Student Parent Support Worker (SPSW) is a program staff member whose job it is to work specifically with you and your child so they may get the most out of both their school and Wayfinders program experience.
Your SPSW can help you make a connection with your child's teacher, discuss academic progress, is willing to help your child connect to resources in the community and can also help your child explore their interests.
Is my child required to make a full four-year commitment when we sign up?
Put simply: yes.
Wayfinders is a mentorship program designed to support students throughout their high school experience right through the time they enroll in post-secondary education.
We ask for a long-term commitment because success takes time and high school is a lengthy journey. We expect the Wayfinders staff and volunteers to work with your child to ensure success in academics, talent development and long-term educational pursuits.
What if our family moves?
No matter where you move, your child will always be invited to participate in Wayfinders if they wish to continue their commitment to the program.
How does the long-term incentive (bursary money) work?
For each year a student participates in the program and successfully obtain all their high school credits, Wayfinders puts $1000 into a trust for the student to use towards post-secondary education.
What happens if my child doesn't get all the required credits at the end of a school year?
If your child does not receive their credits within the four-year time frame, the money will be put away until the credits are completed. At that time, you will receive a letter from Wayfinders to let you know the money has been put into trust for your child.
What about the short-term incentives? How do they work?
Short-term incentives are tied to a student's success in the short term as a reward for reaching interim goals and objectives. Students generally set goals with their SPSW and then negotiate incentives based on an action plan developed to achieve success.
From there, you and your student's SPSW will arrange payment for the incentive. You are welcome at any time to speak to your child's SPSW about the incentive process.