There are numerous supports available to young people in Manitoba, whether they are curious about their rights, need help with specific issues such as education or addictions or whether they need help finding financial assistance. The General Authority can help direct children and youth to the right resources.


The General Authority supports youth and young people prior to their transition to young adulthood. Among the many supports available for achieving education and attaining goals are tuition waivers.

A number of post-secondary institutions in Manitoba provide free education for youth in care. Please see the General Authority Scholarship Guide 2016 for more information.

Vision Catchers Fund

This fund was established to assist youth (16-21 years old) in the care of a General Authority agency or service region to develop their strengths, maximize their potential and pursue their career aspirations. Eligible applicants include those:

• Attending a recognized university, college, technical or vocational school
• Participating in an art/theatre/music program or spiritual activity; or playing for a sports team
• Age appropriate supervision and positive discipline
• Indicating how the award will facilitate their successful transition into adulthood and assist to maximize their potential, develop strengths and/or enhance their talent/skill to further their career goals

Agencies and service regions determine the selection process and amount to be awarded per successful applicant. Please contact your worker for more information.

Keith Cooper Scholarship

This scholarship acknowledges the late Keith Cooper, former Chief Executive Officer of Winnipeg Child and Family Services and educator, and his commitment to children in agency care as well as his interest in their further education. The Keith Cooper Scholarship, available to youth and young adults currently or previously in the care of a CFS agency in Manitoba, provides financial assistance to support the pursuit of post-secondary studies. For more information regarding these, and other scholarships and awards available to students currently or previously in the care of a CFS agency in Manitoba, please see the General Authority Scholarship Guide 2016.

Building Futures

The Building Futures program brings together a network of community partners to provide assistance to youth and young adults (ages 16 to 25) from all child and family agencies and service regions in preparing for, or continuing their transition from, the CFS system to independence and adulthood. With the goal of improving outcomes for young adults previously in care, Building Futures provides a number of supports and services related to money management, employment and education, counselling and emotional support, mentorship, and navigating complex service systems. For more information on Building Futures, please contact the youth service navigator at 204-982-6126.

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