The story of Ignite began more than two decades ago when the Canadian government issued a request for proposals to address the needs of at-risk young adults in the community. Our organization, then known as Multicultural Enterprises Inc., was established in response and, in 1990, began operations using a unique, business model approach. Program participants were hired by the organization as apprentices. Their job was to learn. Through personal healing, education, and meaningful work, the apprentices developed the skills they needed to become independent, self-supporting, and contributing members of the community.
In 1995, our name changed from Multicultural Enterprises Inc. to the Regina Adult Learning Centre Inc. Our programming continued to evolve to meet the changing needs of our apprentices.
While both the federal and provincial governments continued to provide financial assistance to our organization, increasing uncertainties surrounding the extent of government funded support convinced us in 1997 to invite members of the private sector to join the public and community sectors as investment partners.
The Regina Adult Learning Foundation was incorporated in May 2000 with the purpose of generating long-term private and public sector funding to support our organization.
In January 2012, the Regina Adult Learning Centre rebranded as Ignite Adult Learning Corporation. While our mission remained the same, our name change reflected the ambitious new direction we began taking to realize our vision and allowed us to broaden the scope of our programming for young adults living at the margins of society. At the same time, it expanded opportunities for us to move toward attaining financial sustainability.
As Ignite, we continue to build strength in marginalized young adults, to inspire their hopes and dreams, to empower them to live to their full potential as contributing members of society, and to be the catalyst that makes a real and lasting difference in our community.