TELUS Friendly Future Foundation
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Education

Providing educational and mental health support for youth

Feb 11, 2022

Located on a rural 600-acre property 2 hours west of Ottawa, The Boundless School offers a unique educational opportunity for youth living in low-income households. Launched in the 1980s to help children with mental health barriers get out of the city and into the wilderness, the organization is now a fully registered school using immersion into nature as a form of therapy. Students are selected to participate through various community partners, then allowed to complete their high school credits while attending the camp.

"Thanks to Boundless and TFFF, I learned how to be my authentic self."

Program participant

"TELUS & TELUS Friendly Future Foundation have stood firmly behind our organization for almost two decades and its impact has been profound and enduring,” says Boundless’ Executive Director, Steven Gottlieb.  “I can’t think of one pilot project that TELUS has not thrown its weight behind. Its involvement has sparked innovation, our youth are better for the experience, and we are forever obliged.”

Through a long-standing partnership with the TELUS Community Boards and a recent $15,000 grant from TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, The Boundless School expanded its reach throughout Ontario. Working with new community partners within the province, it continues to run summer programs alongside its fully functioning educational facility. The programming provided to youth ages 15 - 19 is instrumental in supporting their growth and development while getting them back into ‘the game of life”, and transitioning into meaningful adulthoods.

“Boundless is a place where I began my true independence as a growing adult,” says one alumni. “I learned how to contribute to my community, care for others and be my authentic self.”

The results speak volumes. Compared to youth living in remote and low-income communities,  where grade 1 students are 3.5x less likely to graduate high school, Boundless graduates are flourishing in the school's natural setting. Wonderfully, 94% of participants attained their high school diplomas, 96% obtained employment and 51% pursued post-secondary education.

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