Future to Discover

Pilot Project

Student round table discussion

The pilot project includes three interventions delivered by facilitators with expertise in career development:

  • Career Focusing, an innovative process in which students explore occupational choices based on passions as well as skills.
  • Lasting Gifts, an activity that involves parents and guardians in students’ career exploration work.
  • Future in Focus, which builds students’ resilience, helping them develop support networks, explore the value of community engagement, and learn how to work through unexpected challenges.

FTD participants also gain access to a dedicated website and receive bi-annual issues of a specially prepared magazine, both of which deliver targeted and concise information about post-secondary benefits and opportunities. FTD participants also receive the visit of Post-Secondary Ambassadors—students enrolled in one of Manitoba’s post-secondary institutions who come and share their stories about transitioning from high school to post-secondary.

“Future to Discover is a cornerstone of Manitoba’s commitment to greater post-secondary access,” said Deputy Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister, Gerald Farthing. “I believe the project will provide valuable guidance as we support our students’ successful transitions from high school to further learning.”

For Foundation executive director and CEO Norman Riddell, FTD also demonstrates the power of partnerships. “If Canada is to remain a world leader, we need to ensure post-secondary learning options are available to all young Canadians,” said Riddell. “This collaboration with Manitoba promises to deliver important insight into ways we can achieve this goal.”

FTD on the ground

Teams of trained facilitators deliver pilot project components. FTD participants also get to engage with Post Secondary Ambassadors (PSAs)—a diverse group of young Manitobans currently enrolled in provincial post-secondary programs.

Work as a PSA is an intriguing blend of mentorship and peer support for community-college student Nicole Rieu, enabling her to work closely with high school students.

“I have a long history of bad decisions throughout my post-secondary studies,” said Rieu. “FTD gives me the chance to help participants by sharing what I had to learn the hard way.”