Social Sciences joins team to help Crown wards


[img_inline align=”right” src=”” caption=”Charlotte Yates, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Photo by Ron Scheffler.”]McMaster's Faculty of Social Sciences has joined a special initiative of the Ontario government to help Crown wards succeed at college and university. The initiative adds three new Education Championship Teams to aid Ontario communities in assisting Crown wards pursue post secondary education.

As part of the newly formed Education Championship Team in the Hamilton/Brant/Haldimand-Norfolk region, the Faculty will offer mentorship support, motivation and guidance to Crown wards. The team includes volunteers from local school boards, children's aid societies, community agencies, Employment Ontario and provincial ministries.

“As part of its commitments to break down barriers to post secondary education and combat poverty, the Faculty has enthusiastically joined in this initiative,” said Charlotte Yates, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. “We know from our research that post secondary education improves lifetime incomes, provides students with the tools to navigate society and equalizes the life chances of children from impoverished backgrounds.”

Over the coming year, Dean Yates and Gary Dumbrill, a professor in the School of Social Work will be working with the area Crown ward team to develop programs that will help these youth succeed in university, and make a successful transition from university to the world of work.

In their first year of operation, four Education Championship Teams helped approximately 350 students. The government's investment increases the number of teams helping Crown wards to seven.

“By removing the barriers to education faced by Crown wards, we are closer to realizing our goal of ensuring all Ontarians are equipped for success in our knowledge-based economy,” said John Milloy, minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Education Championship Teams were also established in the Waterloo/Guelph/Wellington and Simcoe regions.