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Friday, June 28, 2013

Topical youth issues addressed at inaugural CIBC Youthvision 15th Anniversary Digital Youth Forum

On June 20th, 2013, CIBC hosted its inaugural CIBC Digital Youth Forum on Academic Success celebrating the 15th anniversary of the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program.

Moderated by MTV Host Aliya-Jasmine Sovani the forum connected over 450 CIBC Youthvision Scholarship recipients, families and mentors from the past 15 years as they listened to a panel of experts and discussed solutions to challenges many kids face while achieving academic success.

More than 50 past and present CIBC Youthvision Scholarship recipients took part in the Forum, either from CIBC’s head office or online from across the country and as far away as New Zealand. They were joined by dozens of friends, family and program partners.

The forum addressed a wide range of youth issues that prevent youth from achieving academic success such as maintaining self-esteem and motivation while facing issues like bullying and the pressure to succeed in school, striking a balance between competing life priorities, transitioning from student to the workplace and finding employment and learning to budget in ‘real life’.

The Youthvision orientation also included speed mentoring with CIBC GenNext employees, a visit to the CN Tower and a series of seminars and workshops.

Participant feedback -

"These conversations are critical. Mentorship - ongoing, and via forums like this - is life changing!"

"Believe it or not, we all share the same challenges. Most of us in the room have the same questions, and the experts and resources posted today help me know that I am not alone."

Watch the archived forum-


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For 15 years, the CIBC Youthvision scholarship program has supported academic achievement for youth who may not have the financial means or support system to easily pursue a post-secondary education.


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