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Our Mission

Our goal is to help break cycles of poverty by encouraging vulnerable youth toward positive choices and to stay engaged in their education with the ultimate achievement of high school graduation. We work to build self-esteem, restore dreams, ensure they feel included, understood and important. The attainment of a high school diploma opens doors to future opportunities, setting our youth on a path towards improved well-being and financial independence.

The 2024 Cinderella Project

As The Cinderella Project celebrates its 25th anniversary, we reflect on a journey that has empowered over 5,000 at-risk students across the Lower Mainland since beginning as a grassroots initiative in 1999.

In this pivotal year, our commitment to uplifting those facing adversity is more critical than ever. Amidst the backdrop of increasing societal challenges like economic insecurity, the overdose crisis, and lasting impacts of Covid-19, most of our youth are also grappling with issues of trauma, violence, homelessness, dire food insecurity and severe mental health struggles. The Cinderella Project, fuelled by the passion and dedication of our incredible volunteers, demonstrates evidence of the transformative power of education and community support.

Our annual Graduation Celebration is at the heart of what we do. It is a comprehensive experience that nurtures self-esteem and celebrates the accomplishments of each student. Through nourishing meals, graduation attire that respects their identity and cultural preferences, and the guidance of compassionate mentors, we create a sensory-safe space that fosters inclusivity, diversity, and equity. This weekend of recognition and empowerment leaves our students with practical resources like food and basic toiletries, and just as importantly, lasting memories and confidence. Our goal is to help these youth feel loved, important, valued, safe and able to participate fully in their pursuit of high school graduation and beyond.

As we mark this 25th anniversary, we would like to recognize the continuing support of our volunteers, sponsors and donors. Their support is indispensable in addressing the escalating needs and extending our reach. Their contribution directly supports life-changing programs and enables us to provide essential resources, assistance with post-secondary needs and mentorship to students navigating their many challenges.

Together, we can celebrate and bolster the resilience of these remarkable youth and ensure that more students reach the milestone of graduation, paving the way for a brighter future.

  • At the entrance to a ballroom, a large moon with a ladder and a sign saying "Reach For the Stars"
  • A table where students will check in for the event. Behind the table are many backpacks that students will get to take home at the end of the day.
  • A blue dress with a sparkly gold moon behind it.
  • Tables full of accessories such as jewellery, purses, gloves, and wraps
  • A large table with candy and other snacks
  • Accessories such as ties, belts and shoes.
  • Parasols hang from the ceiling in a room with beauty supplies for students to take home

We support students in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Sea to Sky (Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton). For other areas, please have a look at some similar projects.

Have ideas? We’d love to hear them. Please contact us to share them with our Board.