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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 Metro Vancouver Area who reach the milestone of graduation despite overwhelming adversity.

Referrals for 2024 Cinderella Project

We have sent out information for referrals for 2024 graduates.

Referrals for students that wish to wear a suit are now closed. We have exceeded the maximum number of students that we can accommodate in the Moore’s suit zone.  We will put your students on a waitlist and if there are any cancellations or withdrawals we will be in touch. 
We do still have some spots for students that wish to wear a dress. Don’t wait to send in your referral, as it is very possible that we will reach our maximum number for all students before the cut-off date of March 11, 2024.

Please see the referrals page for more information.

Celebrating our 2023 Cinderella Project Grads

Our 2023 Grad Celebration, or Boutique Day, took place in April. The remarkable event celebrated the accomplishments of deserving high school students who worked hard and saw through challenges to achieve their goal of graduation. The event marked our 24th year, and we were thrilled to have over 150 community partners and the support of over 425 volunteers.  We served over 900 meals to graduates and their companions as they come together to connect, celebrate, and make memories.

In collaboration with school counsellors, youth workers, volunteers, the incredible staff at the Pinnacle Harbourfront, and our generous sponsors, we successfully created a festive, unique, and supportive atmosphere for all attendees. We are grateful to these community partners for their generous, tireless and committed support – Grad Celebration would not be possible without them. As in years past, the activities, including a professional Grad photo session, a Boutique experience, catered meal service, and more, provided students an opportunity to enjoy a fun day.

We were honoured to celebrate the resilience and determination of our 2023 Cinderella graduates, and we hope that Boutique Day 2023 provided them with a memorable experience as they transitioned into the next phase of their lives. To continue to support the Project and help our generous sponsors be in a position to continue to generously give to our students and Project, please take a moment to review our list of sponsors and consider supporting them. With your support, we are committed to continuing this tradition for years to come.

  • 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.