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A NONPROFIT COLLABORATION OF KEY PLAYERS IN ABORIGINAL EDUCATION DEDICATED TO INCREASING THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA’S ABORIGINAL STUDENTS.

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dogwood 25


A NONPROFIT COLLABORATION OF KEY PLAYERS IN ABORIGINAL EDUCATION DEDICATED TO INCREASING THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA’S ABORIGINAL STUDENTS.

Dogwood 25 provides culturally responsive mentorship opportunities for Aboriginal students in elementary, high school, and post-secondary, using an evidence-based model of peer mentorship that supports academic success.

The organization offers flexible mentorship including one-to-one, group, and goal-specific (e.g., career related) to assist Aboriginal students achieve their potential as learners and as engaged, responsible, and fulfilled members of their communities.

Innovative and interactive programming is designed with input from the student, their family, and school supports. 

Dogwood 25 has also developed meaningful partnerships with a variety of post-secondary institutions, community service groups, as well as elementary and secondary schools to collaborate on program development, mentor recruitment, mentee referrals, and the assessment of specific needs and interests within each school community. In addition, Dogwood 25 offers ongoing training, support, and monitoring for mentors.

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Mission


Mission


To support the educational achievement and social-emotional growth of all Aboriginal learners in our K to 12 public education system in order to increase their graduation rates to equal or surpass provincial graduation rates by the year 2025.

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VIsion


VIsion


Through targeted support — including mentorship, asset-building, community collaboration, cultural recognition and respect — we will work with Aboriginal students to help them achieve their potential as learners and as capable, responsible, and fulfilled members of society.

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Goals


Goals


To eradicate the disparity in graduation rates of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students in British Columbia by 2025.

To develop a strong mentorship program for Aboriginal students in public schools with Aboriginal teachers and students as role models and mentors.

To launch a pilot program within the Vancouver School District at schools with significant Aboriginal populations.

To evaluate the measurable outcomes in order to successfully launch a province-wide mentorship program within five years.


To provide opportunities and support that enable Aboriginal youth in grades K to 12 to achieve academic success.

To identify, adapt, and create tools, processes, resources, and networks that will assist schools, community groups, businesses, and individuals working toward engaging Aboriginal students to become lifelong learners.

To demonstrate improved outcomes for Aboriginal students, such as better attendance, increased test scores, higher grades, and, ultimately, a graduation rate that equals or exceeds that of non-Aboriginal students.

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Values


Values


We seek to work in meaningful collaboration with educators, schools, agencies, and businesses, as well as community and Aboriginal organizations.

We seek to develop and bolster programs that focus on one or more of the following components of school success:

  • Attendance and retention
  • Academic achievement
  • Leadership and social-emotional well being
  • Transitions to middle school, secondary school, and post-secondary programs

We wish to promote programs that demonstrate:

  • A rationale that is supported by research.
  • Best practices in program delivery.
  • Specific and measurable outcomes.
  • A design that addresses viability and sustainability.
  • Collection of pre- and post- program data regarding participants and personnel.
  • Analysis of successes and challenges in program implementation.
  • Analysis of outcomes.
  • Communication of key components to share with education and community interest groups.