Graduation students throw their hats in the air

Our Mission

Our goal is to help break cycles of poverty by encouraging vulnerable youth to stay in school and complete their high school education. We work to encourage and recognize outstanding young people from across the Lower Mainland who reach the milestone of graduation despite overwhelming adversity.

Celebrating our 2021 Cinderella Project Grads

In 2021, as has been the case since 1999, the Cinderella Project remains committed to celebrate deserving graduates for their hard work and accomplishments.

As pandemic healthcare guidelines evolve, our mission to support students’ post-secondary education dreams remains constant. However different this year’s Cinderella Project experience may look like, we are committed to make it special and memorable for our 2021 Cinderella Class.

March 2021 Update – Just before the March Spring Break we delivered our “Spring Break Packs” to all of the amazing youth in the Cinderella Project.  This would not have been possible without all the help from our donors, sponsors and volunteers. THANK YOU! If you would like to see some pictures, please click here.

Information about our Achievement Awards was included in this delivery.  Submission can be submitted starting on March 15th with the deadline being April 30th  We look forward to reviewing these submissions and will be in contact with all applicants in late May.

We continue to support students with financial assistance for their application/registration fees for post-secondary education.

December 2020 Update – We delivered “Comfort & Joy” Boxes to our current students. Thank you so much to our volunteers, donors and sponsors who helped make this happen. We’ve got some great photos of our boxes to share with you. Thanks also to the counsellors, teachers and social workers for helping get the boxes from our volunteers to the students.

Our 2021 Project Plans

Cinderella Project accepted nominees will receive:

  • An opportunity for financial support towards Post-secondary application and registration fees
  • A Grad Recognition Gift Package
  • Directory of Community Resources … and more

Further, members of our Class of 2021 are eligible to apply for one of our Achievement Awards, which are based on dreams, not grades.  To date, we are proud to have awarded over $167,000 financial awards, 48 laptops and 35 hair-dressing scholarships.

Referrals for 2021 grads are currently closed. 

We support students in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Sea to Sky (Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton)

To learn more about our referral process, please visit the Refer a Student page.

Keeping Connections Going through Covid-19

Given the many uncertainties stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic and the evolving healthcare guidelines, holding an event like Boutique Day in 2021 seems unlikely. Although we remain hopeful, we our Board, volunteers and community partners, along with the feedback from counsellors, are actively working on re-envisioning how we can honour and celebrate our grads.

However different this year’s Cinderella Project experience may look like, we are committed to make it special and memorable for our 2021 Cinderella Class. 

Stay tuned for more updates! 

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