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Aries Program

Goals / Purpose of Program

Aries is an alternative educational day program for Native youth ages 13 to 15 years whose educational needs are not being met in mainstream schools/systems.  The Aries Program was founded in 1989 and is funded jointly by the Ministry of Child & Family Development and the Vancouver School Board.

The mandate of the Aries Program is to assist Native youth in their efforts to stabilize their lives and establish positive support networks, and draw them into the larger community through field trips, group outings, and in-class experiences.

Each student is treated as a whole individual with unique needs and learning styles, and we strive to support their mental, spiritual, physical and emotional well-being.

ClassOur focus is on working with students to help them in their academic and/or employment endeavours.  Each student works on an Individual Education Plan to upgrade their core learning.  Core subjects up to Grade 10 and beyond are offered to increase students' literacy and numeracy, as well as to help them further their educational opportunities.

Program Activities

  • TutoringAcademic upgrading

  • Lifeskills development
  • In-school, nutritious lunch
  • Recreational and social programs and outings
  • Arts and crafts
  • First Nations cultural enrichment
  • Health information
  • Alcohol and drug awareness
  • One-to-one tutoring 
  • Referrals to other resources such as personal or alcohol and drug counseling, family mediation, and other relevant resources

How Youth Can Become Involved

Native youth ages 13-18 years can call for more information and/or an appointment.

At this time, only youth who have an open file with MCFD may access this program. Youth can contact us first, but they must then contact MCFD for a formal referral in order to access this program.  Entry is through referral by Social Workers or Probation Officers to the Day Program Screening Committee.

Upon intake, youth and staff together determine an appropriate learning program tailored to meet their individual needs.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Aries Program welcome volunteers to help with workshops, art & craft, and tutoring our students.  Please call to see if these are the right volunteer opportunities for you.


Donations Needed

Aries welcomes donations of Native arts and craft supplies, bus tickets, and gently used educational books from grade 8-12 level.

Program Funders

BC Ministry of Children & Family Development and the Vancouver School Board

Aries Program Brochure (pdf)

How to contact us:

Mailing Address:
1618 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5L 1S6
Phone: (604) 255-1326
Fax: (604) 254-7811

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