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Our Programs


Youth Initiated Program:

Young people have a lot of great ideas which seldom become reality. We provide funding to high schools in South and North Delta for student initiated projects that benefit their school and community.


High Schools DYSL funds throughout the year:

  • South Delta Secondary School in Tsawwassen
  • Delta Secondary School in Ladner
  • Seaquam Secondary School in North Delta
  • North Delta Secondary School
  • Burnsview Secondary School in North Delta
  • Delview Secondary School in North Delta
  • Sands Secondary School in North Delta
  • Southpointe Academy in South Delta

Examples of projects:


Environmental
  • purchasing more recycle bins for inside the school and for the school grounds
  • designed and built a garden to grow herbs for the school’s cafeteria and for people to sit and enjoy

Multi-cultural awareness
  • showcased events displaying various ethnic diversities within their community (held cooking and dance events)

Cyber-bullying awareness campaign
  • hired a professional group to educate students on cyber-bullying

Mental Health awareness week
  • a week long event bringing in a variety of educators talking about depression, mental illness, stress, and anxiety

................plus much more..............


Download the Student Grant Application Form Here



Bursaries:

Bursaries are issued to graduating Grade 12 students for post-secondary education. We are proud to announce that we have increased our Bursaries:


Spirit Award Bursaries from $500 to $1,000 to a student at each of Delta’s seven high schools. Recipients will have demonstrated personal accomplishments despite adversity throughout their high school years.


Community Service & Volunteerism Bursaries were awarded to 4 outstanding youth for demonstrating exceptional service to Delta Community.


Leadership Bursaries for 2015 were awarded to 14 recipients, each recipient will be awarded $1,000. Three students at each of Delta’s seven high schools and private schools will receive these bursaries. We are proud to announce that we are increasing our Bursaries from 9 to 26 @ $1,000 each in 2018!


Spirit Award Bursaries – Bursaries will be issued to graduating students in Grade 12 who have overcome personal struggles, as well Bursaries to graduating students that have displayed leadership qualities and volunteered within their community – each in the amount of $1,000.


Students wishing to apply for 2018 bursaries are asked to apply through their high school graduation counsellor and/or career centre.



Youth Week:

We provide funding to all of South & North Delta’s high schools to fund student-led events celebrating Youth Week. Students have a lot of fun organizing and implementing events showcasing the strengths of youth during a week full of activities. They learn the importance of teamwork and developed leadership skills.


The high schools will be celebrating DYSL Youth Week in February this year. They will put on fun activities and events throughout the week for students from Grade 8 – 12.


Download the Student Grant Application Form Here


Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP):

In 2018, we will employ 10 high school students in our Youth Apprenticeship Program.


Youth Week


Testimonials


"I am incredibly thankful that Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP) has been funding DYSL to be able to provide students, like me, the opportunity to be introduced to the working world without compromising schoolwork and extracurricular activities. I am an academically-inclined student, participating in competitive volleyball among other sports, and involved in school and community volunteering. The DYSL staff has been extremely understanding, flexible, and supportive with allowing me to balance these activities. They have largely contributed to my becoming a better-rounded person. I volunteered at the thrift store, modeled in the first annual fashion show, have been offered to be on the Board of Directors as a Honourary Youth Member, and worked at the thrift store as part of YAP. The organization, staff, and volunteers have established a healthy and positive learning environment which is enjoyable to work in. Each and every person I have encountered there has taught me something important, whether it be time management, interpersonal skills, or how to void on the register. Through DYSL, I am able to give back to my community, and learn valuable and transferable skills that will advance both my academic and career goals. Being a member of the DYSL family has helped me with university acceptances and scholarship awards. DYSL’s supportive network with Delta’s youth has been an inspiration and, one day, I hope to give back to DYSL as much as they have given me."



"I have been working at DYSL for 6 months. Over this period of time I have been impacted positively in many ways. First off, the staff at DYSL welcomed me warmly from the beginning, if you are ever in need of someone to talk to, or to cheer you up the volunteers and staff at DYSL will always be there. They have taught me so much about giving to others and many other things that will take me far in life. The thing about the YAP is that I get to get paid while working and enjoying my work. Not once have I dreaded going to work like most people my age, I look forward to it. Since I am in grade 11 it is great that I am able to be paid so that I can save for post secondary schooling. Being a youth apprentice has given me confidence in my leadership abilities, sometimes I am a team leader and I instruct some of the volunteers on tasks that need to be done to help the store out. During this I have learned to work with different personalities to get the job done to the best of our abilities. Working with a range of people I have developed problem solving traits to deal with different conflicts. The YAP has given me a chance to help at an amazing place like DYSL and if it weren’t for the YAP I wouldn’t have had the chance to meet so many amazing people, learn a lot about myself, and learn so many important skills for the future."



"I have been in the DYSL Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP) program for the past year and a half. The opportunity that was given to me to practice leadership, time management and a variety of merchandising skills are just a few of the valuable experiences I have been fortunate to learn. One of the greatest skills has been learning people skills. By working with so many different personalities, nationalities and ethnicities, I am constantly challenged to learn social skills that will be valuable both for short and long term. Without this opportunity from DYSL, I would have missed out on many wonderful changes to enrich my life. YAP should continue to fund students because the experience is life changing, and has the ability to impact multiple aspects of life and future job skills. The skills that I have acquired I am also able to utilize in school, for example, people skills and organizational skills. Personally I think that if people are able to benefit from this program as much as I have many students will be positively impacted in many ways. Communities will continue to benefit from this inspiring program as well as the students."



"I have been in the DYSL YAP program for the past year and a half. The opportunity given to me to practice leadership, time management and a variety of merchandising skills are just a few of the valuable experiences I have been fortunate to learn. One of the greatest skills has been learning people skills. By working with so many different personalities, nationalities and ethnicities, I am constantly challenged to learn social skills that will be valuable both for short and long term. Without this opportunity from DYSL, I would have missed out on many wonderful changes to enrich my life."