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Society President Tara Christie

Every Student, Every Day fund commits $350,000 to attendance projects

Every Student, Every Day, an initiative of the Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society, has committed $350,000 in funding for student attendance improvement projects in the 2023-24 school year.

By Whitehorse Star on February 2, 2023

Every Student, Every Day, an initiative of the Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society, has committed $350,000 in funding for student attendance improvement projects in the 2023-24 school year.

This is the largest funding commitment the program has made to date. The company is working in partnership with the Yukon government.

The money will support Yukon educators, schools, community organizations and First Nations throughout the territory to develop and implement grassroots projects to help improve attendance in classrooms around the territory.

The application process for project implementation during the 2023-24 school year is now open.

The application form is available on Every Student, Every Day’s website at https://www.everystudenteveryday.ca and is also distributed by the Department of Education to all Yukon school principals.

Projects can be submitted by educators, school administrators, school councils, Yukon First Nations and community groups.

The submission deadline is March 10.

“The Government of Yukon is proud to continue its partnership with the Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society to support the Every Student, Every Day initiative,” Education Minister Jeanie McLean said Thursday.

“Student attendance and engagement are important factors in student success. We’re happy to be able to increase our funding again this year for the Every Student, Every Day projects,” the minister added.

“These projects work directly to support students, engage them in their learning and promote presence in school.

“We encourage educators, schools, community organizations and First Nations throughout the Yukon to submit their project ideas.”

Society president Tara Christie said the organization encourages applicants “to reach out and discuss their project ideas or brainstorm how Every Student, Every Day could benefit their school or community so we can help support as many Yukon students as possible.

“We want to acknowledge the challenges students are facing and support them to stay engaged in their learning and attend school each and every day.

“We also want to thank our amazing educators who are working tirelessly to create an environment where students can learn,” Society president Tara Christie added.

Every Student, Every Day is an initiative of Victoria Gold’s registered, not-for-profit charity.

Since its establishment in 2012, the society, with support from the government and community partners, has directly supported more than 180 local projects with over $1.85 million raised primarily from Yukon businesses and individual donations.

For the 2023-24 school year, the society has increased its funding to $280,000 while the government has raised its annual contribution to $70,000, for a total of $350,000.

A committee of volunteer representatives comprised of educators and Every Student, Every Day will evaluate and select the successful proposals this spring.

Comments (12)

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Apex Parasite on Feb 9, 2023 at 8:07 am


This same old argument....if you use this then this and we all use this so we are justified in taking what we want. We are all products of our environment. Would you have more respect for my stance were I to shamble about naked while espousing my views? No, you would call me crazy. Just because the status quo in regard to how and where we exploit resources is what it is does not mean that it is wise or right. We, as a species will not change until something monumentally horrid happens that forces us all to reevaluate our place on this planet. We are the single only species that exists that takes and gives nothing back to the ecosystems that we are a part of.

Fact is we take gold and turn it to garbage. Fact. We export our garbage to impoverished countries for those less fortunate than ourselves to try and scrape something useful out of. Fact. Money trumps all in the scramble to make more of it....educate yourself.

We are, as a species, at the very top of the parasite chain. Do a little research there bud....I've spent decades and been many things along the way to arrive at my opinion. We, as a species have little to offer and demand everything...

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Parent on Feb 8, 2023 at 3:08 pm

When my kid was skipping school in Grade 12, I got a call from the school saying he wouldn't be graduating with the rest of his class unless he attended every class from then till the end of the year. Do you know how I made sure he attended? I told him in no uncertain terms, "If you don't graduate this year, you WILL be going back again next year - without your classmates who will have graduated. And do you know how I know that? Because I will be going to every single class WITH you to make sure you go!"
Lucky for both of us, he pulled it off and graduated with the rest of his class.
I'm pretty sure even $70K spent on encouraging him to attend wouldn't have had the same effect as the lovely vision I created for him, lol.

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Heathen on Feb 8, 2023 at 12:31 pm

@Apex Parasite

... You're probably one of those types with the Prosperity without growth bumper stickers aren't you? Which is really more of an apex fool position what with you using electricity, resources to convey your "wisdom". I gather you don't seem to have a high opinion of our species. You can exit anytime, just past the gift shop.

As for the program's efficacy, who knows? But its Victoria Gold's donation so hopefully it helps.

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Groucho d'North on Feb 8, 2023 at 8:29 am

Beware of the state assuming the role parents should have in guiding the children to a quality life. Just look at how the government performs - do you really want that for your children?

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Send the Millennials to re-education camp on Feb 8, 2023 at 8:20 am

Seriously, someone gave a thumbs down to Ibex Gal on Feb 7, 2023 at 2:57 pm?
You should give your head a shake you ‘loozer’!

Ibex Gal is spot on! Why in the hell are we rewarding laziness, stupidity, and entitlement - Stop the millennial-gen-zed assault on society.
These younger gens should be institutionalized - Not rewarded!

Stop the leeching of intelligence and forethought from the collective mind. The Idiocracy was entertainment not a blueprint.

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Ibex Gal on Feb 7, 2023 at 2:57 pm

They say the road to hell is lined with good intentions.....and this is another one. When are we going to stop rewarding/enabling/assisting those students who have poor attendance at school?? In my time, it was the students who attended classes and did their homework and projects that were rewarded. Enough of this babysitting...make the parents do their job and ensure their kids get up on time, eat breakfast, get dressed and out the door for school. They'll never amount to anything is they don't put in the hard work like the rest of us.

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Apex Parasite on Feb 7, 2023 at 7:55 am

This cliche position wherein a huge corporate entity from away with it's sites set on securing interests in local natural resources is kind of icky. It is clearly an attempt at greasing the skids and making nice while they run away with the pie, ultimately.

I kind of wish we had more appreciation of the resources and leave them in the ground until such a time where we do not actively turn gold into garbage which is a specialty of our species. All take and no giving back...we are the Apex Parasites after all...

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iBrian on Feb 5, 2023 at 5:03 am

“We want to acknowledge the challenges students are facing and support them to stay engaged in their learning and attend school each and every day”

You know what, when I was a kid we had problems too. And somehow threw fear of the wooden spoon I went to school and did good. I still managed to feed & water the livestock before school. To only be teased in school for smelling like a barn.
The educators are the problem and so is the lack of discipline in the schools and at home. The kids who are the problems for the large majority from the SA housing block. Again, why does the government not have in place a plan to get people off SA. Or at least make them contribute 30 hours a week to community firewood, or gardening, or just picking up litter.
When you don’t have to work for anything, you have no pride, when you have no pride you have no shame.

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bonanzajoe on Feb 2, 2023 at 7:45 pm

The Yukon Government and non contributors glad to take donations from a Gold mining company, while they continually try to shut them down.

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Mark on Feb 2, 2023 at 4:43 pm

I have no visibility to the details of the program, hence I have no comment whether it is a worth while. I wonder how the program targets those that are not attending school rather than those that are.

What I will say is that it “appears” that the number of days that children could be in school (should they choose to attend) could increase if there were less “PD” days, or these PD days were shifted to the ample days that educators have off in a year. Dare I say it might be the teachers that need the program more than students.

I support the idea that more teachable hours is ultimately better for our children than less.

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Matthew on Feb 2, 2023 at 4:06 pm

Hey @Juniper well said. Sad thing is, kids have more rights over their parents than parents have over their kids! Having a talk now days can be considered abuse.. crazy isn't it! Sad but true...

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Juniper Jackson on Feb 2, 2023 at 1:08 pm

"government has raised its annual contribution to $70,000, for a total of $350,000."

Who is paying for this? oh..yeah..I am, and everyone else that pays taxes.

Anyone else notice the Every Student..blah, blah, has carefully NOT mentioned the failure or success of this program? I know a free way to ensure kids go to school. When I skipped school, the school secretary called my parents. After my Dad has a "talk" with me, I ended up graduated 8th in my class of 425.

So, the plan would be..turn this back over to the parents, and get rid of governments involvement in the family.

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