Ignite offers our students a way to gain academic, employment and personal skills that will support them in finding and keeping meaningful work as well as continuing their education should they choose to do so. We are committed to empowering at-risk and marginalized adults (ages 19-30) to build a prosperous and fulfilling future.
We use a wraparound approach to guide our students away from negative behaviours, unemployment, and financial dependency and toward taking steps that are in alignment with their goals. Throughout the program we provide consistent support and guidance in many areas including housing, substance use recovery, mental health concerns and academic planning. Our learning environments are safe and inclusive, and our students know that their contributions are valued. Our experienced teachers are experts in providing additional learning supports as needed so that all students can meet their goals.
For program participants, Ignite provides
- consistency in approach and expectations
- encouragement and support
- a learning environment that is accepting, positive, and safe
- a program that is goal-oriented, challenging, and discourages dependency
- opportunities for participants to take ownership of their learning and their responsibilities
Ignite has been in operation since 1990 and our students have been very successful. Seventy percent of those who complete the program move directly into the workforce or post-secondary education. Perhaps most importantly, our graduates build positive and productive futures for themselves, their families and their communities.
Over 25 weeks, Ignite provides instruction in the following areas:
- Preparation to write all five GED exams (reading, writing, math, science and social studies).
- Wellness education: mental and physical wellness, nutrition, change theory, etc.
- Financial education: budgeting, banking, debt management, etc.
- Employment skills: resumes, interviews, public speaking, professional behaviour, etc.
- Personal development: identification and analysis of belief systems, the effects of trauma and personal values, addictions support, development of a positive self-concept, etc.
- Computer proficiency: Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, typing, analyzing online information, etc. academic upgrading – Grade Equivalent Diploma (GED).
- Driver’s Education: The in-class and in-car portions of SGI driver training (availability subject to public health guidelines). career orientation – Employment skills, resume writing and interview preparation.
At the end of the program, students are supported in finding work and applying to post-secondary programming as applicable.
To learn more about the Ignite Learning program, please visit the Students page.
A consistently supportive environment is needed for at-risk young adults to change the direction of their lives and develop positive habits and social skills, strengthen academic and employment abilities, and build bright, independent futures. The Ignite Living Program provides opportunities for at-risk young adults to live and work in a strong and healthy community and focuses on a variety of areas, including
- personal fitness
- addiction education
- parenting skills
- positive socialization
- productive work