The Rotary Tom Jackson stay in school program provides mentorship and other supports to Calgary area urban Indigenous youth. Students are selected in Grade 6 through partner schools and matched with a mentor who provides essential support through Grade 12. Our program aims to provide support and financial assistance that will enable our students to complete high school.
This program complements the Carl Smith Stay in School Program.
One-on-one mentorship has proven to be an effective method in increasing students’ well-being, motivation for school, and academic success. The students receive exceptional support. They receive financial assistance to engage in their school community fully, limiting their success barriers. All graduates are encouraged to attend higher education, where further financial and mentorship support may be available.


Program Summary
  • Started in 2011 by Rotarians Catherine Brownlee and Steve Allan, with support from Tom Jackson
  • Mentored and supported more than twenty-five students
  • Dozens of community partnerships allow students to have access to valuable resources and services
Become a Mentor
Do you want to impact a child’s life? The Tom Jackson Stay in School Program provides a unique opportunity to build positive mentor relationships with students needing support. We are always looking for new mentors to join our team! With training, support and resources from program staff, you’ll have what it takes to make a difference. Contact us today!


Contact Us
Contact the Program Coordinator for more information or to get involved: