Youth Educational Programs



The Rotary Club of Vancouver Stay in School Program has funded 2 x $7,000 awards each year for the last 15 years to qualifying grade 10 and 11 students at Gladstone Secondary School.  By identifying students  in years prior to graduation the program is designed to incent studies to excel in their secondary school studies and thereby gain access to a post -secondary education.
Working with school counselors the program identifies students with potential for post-secondary education who might not pursue it because of financial constraints. In 2019 the program was revised to provide students with $4,000 towards their first year of post-secondary, and $3,000 towards their second year studies. Under this program students attending a two year program will benefit from the full benefits of the program. To date the Rotary Club of Vancouver has funded over $225,000 to this program. They will receive $1,500 per year for a maximum of 4 years to help defer expenses during their post-secondary education.
Funding for the awards comes from the Rotary Club of Vancouver Foundation.


This program is a part of the Vancouver Rotary Club's "Adopt a School Program".
Norquay Elementary School is located in Vancouver. The program provides a hot/cold breakfast to 100-125 children daily. Those that can, pay a nominal amount. Rotary donates $6,000 a year.
This program has been offered at Norquay Elementary School since 1996. It is supported by the School, Rotary and the School PAC.


Again, this program operates at Norquay Elementary School in Vancouver. Every new child in grades K-3 receives a book to take home and keep. In addition, volunteers from the Rotary Club of Vancouver and others recruited by Rotary attend the school each week to do One-on-One reading with a child who needs special help.
This program has reached over 200-300 children every year since it commenced operation in 1998. Rotary donates $1000 a year. This program is totally operated by the Rotary Club of Vancouver. To read more about the program at Norquay School click here.


THRIVE at Nootka elementary school in east Vancouver is a Grade 4-7 classroom specifically suited to help one particular kind of student: those with dyslexia who seem to show lots of potential yet still end up falling behind their peers in key areas. The Rotary Club of Vancouver has supported THRIVE in the form of a $5000 donation that purchased a new iMac computer, learning resources, books and is helping to pay for their SMARTboard.