What We Do
The Student Support Navigator provides outreach and guidance to prospective and current students who have experience in Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) Care, alternative secondary education, are first-generation students or mature students.
Youth formerly in B.C. care can qualify for financial support to cover the cost of education. We help you get connected to what you’re eligible for.
As defined by the Child, Family and Community Service Act, a youth in care is someone who is currently, or has received care from the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency (DAA) through the Child, Family and Community Service Act for a minimum of twelve months (consecutive or accumulated) in any, or a combination, of the following categories:
Continuing Custody Order pursuant to sections 41 (1) (d), 42.2 (4) (d) or (7) or 49 (4), (5) or 10 (a) of the Act
- A protection order in which the court has assigned permanent custody of the child to the Director of Child Welfare (the Director).
Temporary Custody Order
- A protection order in which the court has assigned custody of the child to the Director on a temporary basis.
Special Needs Agreement pursuant to section 7 of the Act
- A parent of a child with special needs may voluntarily and temporarily agree to place the child in the care of the Director.
Voluntary Care Agreement pursuant to section 6 of the Act
- A parent voluntarily and temporarily places the child in the care of the Director
Youth Agreement pursuant to section 12.2 of the Act
- The Director enters into an agreement with a youth (ages 16 – 19) who needs assistance to live independently and cannot be re-established with family.
Extended Family Plan pursuant to section 8 of the Act
- A parent voluntarily and temporarily places the child in the care of an adult who has an established familial, relational, or cultural connection to the child.
Permanent Transfer of Custody Order pursuant to section 54.01 or 54.1 of the Act
- An order in which the court permanently transfers custody to another (non-parent) family member or another adult with an established relational or cultural connection to the child.
Temporary Transfer of Custody pursuant to section 41(1)(b) of the Act
A protection order in which the court temporarily places the child in the custody of an adult, other than a parent, who has an established familial, relational, or cultural connection to the child.
How can the Student Support Navigator help me?
- Help you apply into government programs such as the Provincial Tuition Waiver. Program (PTWP), the Youth Educational Assistance Fund (YEAF) and the Agreements with Young Adults (AYA).
- Help you with your application for scholarships, grants and bursaries.
- Connecting you to on-campus and off-campus resources
- Check-ins throughout your journey at Douglas
- Events and workshops throughout the year
- Developing life skills, time management and organizational skills
- Helping you access counselling and mental health supports
- Teaching you problem solving skills, where to seek help and learning how to identify solutions
- Providing 1:1 support with goal setting and tracking progress
- Peer-to-peer support available through assistant student peer navigators
Former Youth In Care
First Generation Students
Jenny is a second-generation Chinese-Canadian who was born and raised in East Vancouver. She completed her Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from the University of British Columbia. Previously, she has worked in different community non-profit organizations as a youth worker supporting young people towards their goals. Jenny is a big advocate for mental health, education, equity and social justice. Most of the time, you can find Jenny sipping bubble tea, trying to cook a new noodle recipe, jamming out to some R&B music and laying in the sun with her dog, Miso!