In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We embrace this belief and want to increase access to education for Albertans, for a more prosperous future.
The challenges we need help solving:
- How might we positively influence and increase high school graduation rates and post secondary enrollment in Alberta?
- How can we best prepare Albertans for employment by building skills of the future to strengthen and diversify Alberta’s economy?
Recent initiatives and partnerships
MindFuel is an education technology leader that brings STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to life, both inside and outside the K-12 classroom.
The skills encouraged through MindFuel often include STEM innovation, design thinking, entrepreneurialism, computational thinking, nanotechnology, robotics, synthetic biology, energy and the environment. With the goal of helping to spark curiosity and fuel inspiration in the innovators of tomorrow, MindFuel has reached over 147 million students and teachers across the world.
ATB is the regional partner for MindFuel’s Crack the Code Challenge hosted through MindFuel’s Codingville platform that teaches kids valuable coding skills. Children and youth learn valuable coding skills and then create a game or app with their new-found knowledge. The challenge also benefits us all by making it possible for youth to solve real-world problems like creating an app for teens to track their health and wellness.
NPower Canada’s mission is to reduce poverty in Canada by launching low-income, diverse young adults ages 17-30 into IT careers. The program provides no-cost skills training, industry credentials, job placement, and five years of alumni career laddering services—including mentorship and support with further education. Mental health counselling, life skills coaching and warm referrals to other services in areas like housing and settlement are also included. We have partnered with NPower Canada to support low-income Calgary youth.
Windmill Microlending provides microloans to skilled immigrants and refugees to gain Canadian accreditation and restart their careers in Canada. Immigrants and refugees often arrive in Alberta with valuable professional expertise but, due to barriers in gaining professional accreditation, they often turn to low-wage, survival jobs to provide for themselves and their families. With a microloan to pursue exams, courses, and resources for accreditation, our clients are able to lift themselves out of poverty and earn a livable income. The impact for individuals, their families, their communities and the Alberta economy is immense. On average, employment earnings increase 3.4 times for clients upon completion of their learning plans and unemployment drops from 40 per cent to 10 per cent.