Recruiting Former Youth in Care for Research Study on Career Development Experiences

Researchers at the University of Calgary are conducting a study on the career experiences of young adults who aged-out of foster care, kinship care, or community-based care in Canada. The study is called ‘What Helps and Hinders in the Pursuit of Career Success?’.

To be eligible to participate in this study, you need to:
• Be between the ages of 18 to 29
• Have previously spent at least two years in foster care, kinship care, or community-based care in Canada
• Have aged-out of care in Canada
• Self-identify as doing well in your career development

If you are interested in participating then you will be asked to:
• Complete a short demographic questionnaire
• Participate in up to three interviews where you will be asked to share your career development experiences; Interviews will be conducted 1-on-1 virtually or in-person.

To express gratitude for contributing to this research you will be provided with a $15 e-gift card for participating in interview one, another $15 e-gift card for participating in interview two, and also a $10 e-gift card for participating in interview three.

If you have any questions or if you would like to participate in this study, please contact Ashlee Kitchenham at

The University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board has approved this study [REB23-1099].

Applications open for Ontario’s Indigenous Internship Program

The Indigenous Internship Program (IIP) is a paid 12-month program that will provide recent Indigenous post-secondary graduates with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience with the Ontario Public Service (OPS).

Indigenous interns will contribute their knowledge, experiences, values, and perspectives to influence organizational policies, programs, and services.

IIP interns will:

  • receive full-time employment for up to 1 year
  • earn a competitive salary
  • develop their skills and gain valuable work experience
  • receive mentoring, coaching and learning opportunities
  • develop valuable professional contacts

To be eligible, you must:

  • self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit)
  • have graduated from a college or university with a diploma, degree or post-graduate certificate within the past five years (that is, May 2019 – August 2024)
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • be a resident of Ontario during the term of employment

OPS offers a wide range of Indigenous internship positions, which may cover the following areas:

  • communications
  • financial management
  • human resources
  • Indigenous relations
  • policy
  • program and service delivery

To apply to the various internship positions, visit the Indigenous Internship job board here:

Zine & HEARD

Zine & HEARD is a zine that is dedicated to amplifying the voices of youth in care through their stories, art and music.  

It is a fiercely independent monthly zine that is published in Edmonton but is for youth in care from anywhere in the world. 

Launched in January of 2023, in print and online, it has amplified the voices of over 60 former youth from care ranging in age from 18 to 63 with more to come in every issue. 

If you would like to share your thoughts in Zine & HEARD, please email or message us on Instagram @zine_and_heard. You can also find us on FB at penny.frazier.75.

Please visit our website at to find out more about who we are, what we do and what we say. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Penny Frazier

Treaty 6 Territory

Apply for Education or Employment Help Through Youth Opportunity Fund 

The Youth Opportunity Fund is available to youth who were in permanent care in Canada or who are (or were) eligible for their provincial or territorial extended care program. You can receive funding for a wide range of supports that can help you accomplish educational or career related goals.  

Youth Opportunity Fund could help cover: 

  • Tutoring services  
  • Academic bridging programs 
  • Application fees for graduate programs 
  • And more! 

Eligibility requirements: 

  • Youth who were or are in permanent care in Canada 
  • Youth who were or are eligible for their provincial or territorial extended care program (e.g. Agreements with Young Adults, Continued Care and Support for Youth, Support & Financial Assistance Agreement) 

Learn about the National Transformation Project by watching the video below: 

If you are interested in learning more, contact Jasmine Yiweza at 

Easily Create a Resume Using Government of Canada’s Resume Builder

The Government of Canada has made it easy to build a resume. If you’re looking to revamp your resume or create a new one, try creating a free account and building one here. 

All you need to do is: 

  • Create a free account 
  • Scroll to the resume builder at the bottom 
  • Input your experience and information into each section 
  • Save and print! 

The builder formats everything for you so all you need to do is save a file! 

You can also access student and recent graduate employment opportunities on the Government of Canada job bank here. 

Searching for a New Employment Opportunity? Try One of These 6 Job Boards

Where do I search for my next job? How will I find a better position? What places are hiring in my area? These are very common questions and concerns to have when looking for your next employment opportunity. Finding the right place to start in your job search can be difficult, but Fostering Community is here to help! 

Online job boards are great places to search for opportunities that best suit your personal and professional goals. Check out the following online job boards for current openings:

  • Search by job title, company, keywords, and/or location to find current opportunities.
  • Search by job title, company, keywords, and/or location to find current opportunities. 
  • Search by job title, company, keywords, and/or location to find current opportunities.
  • Search by job title, organization, keywords, and/or location to find current opportunities.
  • Search by job title, keywords, companies, and/or location to find current opportunities. This website requires you to make an account to view jobs.

New job postings are always being added, so be sure to revisit these websites for new opportunities.   

How Much Money Should I Be Saving?

The easy answer is as much as you need to feel comfortable and confident that you could pay your bills if an emergency happened. This is not always ideal or realistic though (especially with the current cost of living and inflation). I would start by saving as much as you can, for example $100 a month or 10% of each paycheck.

It can help to set goals, so that you can hold yourself accountable for the reasons you’re saving. I am planning to go to Europe with my friend next year, so I have started saving about $150 a month to prepare. Remember that your goals can fluctuate and so can your financial plans. So, if you find that your current savings plan is not working for you, try changing it up.

Here are some steps you can take to learn about saving:

Financial Literacy Training

Take control of your financial knowledge and learn about planning, saving, and more! This is a great way to keep yourself informed, especially in conversations about finances. Register for Financial Literacy Training with Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada here or contact Jasmine Yiweza at for more information.

Make an Appointment with a Financial Advisor

Book an appointment with a financial advisor at your bank for free. A financial advisor can help you with planning for the future, answer your questions about saving, and provide insight on investing. Many of these things do not need to be on your mind all at the same time, but it is important to remember that there are professional services for free that you can access when you’re ready.

Try These Budget Tools

Creating a budget can help when you are learning to save. This can help you track your spending so that you don’t have to use your savings if you don’t need to. Try the following tools to create a budget:

  • Mint, a free budgeting app you can download on your phone