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Monday, June 10, 2013

CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program celebrates 15 years of changing lives through access to education!

This spring, CIBC Youthvision is celebrating its 15th anniversary – a one-of-a-kind scholarship program that has changed the lives of hundreds of young Canadians since 1999.

CIBC Youthvision is a scholarship program unlike any other. The important difference is the program’s early intervention at the critical time in grade 10, which research shows not only relieves financial stress, but also builds confidence and self-esteem. It also encourages independence, enables students to do more in-depth life and educational planning, and ultimately, motivates them to do better.

The Program invests annually in 30 high-potential young people involved in a mentorship program with Big Brothers Big Sisters or the YMCA, who might not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue a university or college education. The $38,000, six-year program supports them with mentoring, summer internships and tuition contributions as they complete high school and their post secondary education. The 2013 CIBC Youthvision Scholarship winners will be announce June 20. Stay tuned!

You’re Invited!

To celebrate the 15th anniversary, CIBC is holding its first-ever Digital Youth Forum connecting over 450 CIBC Youthvision Scholarship recipients, families and mentors from the past 15 years. Moderated by MTV Host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani, the forum will feature an expert panel discussing solutions to challenges youth face while achieving academic success.

Topic- Boost: maintaining self-esteem and motivation while facing issues like bullying and the pressure to succeed.
Panelist - Dr. Joanne Cummings, Knowledge Mobilization, PREVNet

Topic- Balance: striking a balance between competing priorities at school, with friends, and at home.
Panelists - Adam Van Koeverden, Olympic Champion and Pan-Am Athlete in Kayaking, Eugenia Canas, Community Engagement, MindYourMind

Topic- Breadwinning and Budgets: transitioning from students to the workplace, finding employment and learning to budget in real life.
Panelists - Jamie Golombek, Tax and Estate Planning, CIBC, Megan Thomas, Employment and Community Services, YMCA,Pattie Lovett-Reid, Chief Financial Commentator, CTV NEWS

Date: June 20, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm EST

Participate Online:
1. Like
2. Click on the Youthvision Tab
3. Click on the Webcast Button
4. Enter password CIBC
5. Post comments and questions online via the social stream.

If you do not have a Facebook account, email to receive a special link to the Webcast.

Or, join us in person:

CIBC Head Office, 199 Bay Street, 56th floor, Toronto

Please RSVP to letting us know whether you will be tuning in online or attending in-person by June 17, 2013. In-person guests please arrive by 4:30 EST.

Learn more about the panelists and meet some fellow Youthvision recipients.

Visit and click the Youthvision Tab. #cibcyouth

For more information on the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program-



Danisha Bhaloo said...

This scholarship changed my life and I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to receive this through BBBS sister too.

I am where I am today because of this opportunity!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to point out that the recipients have already been announced.

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