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Welcome to Canadian Foundation for Development

and Empowerment

Emancipating Y​outh With Tools for Academic Success

At the Canadian Foundation for Development and Empowerment (CFDE) we provide the tools and resources necessary for young people to thrive academically. We endeavor to define and respond to systemic issues that impact the quality of life and well-being of young people who want to succeed.



All money raised through CFDE is distributed to help children, youth, and young adults in need. Money raised will help support local and international projects. 

Event callender


Research has shown that students are able to learn better when they're well-nourished. This program's meal plans were developed using Canada's Food Guide and with the intention of easing the learning process.



Your child may interact online with other children and youth, learning through various projects and activities that were created using the Alberta Public School K to 12 curricula!


Services for Post-Secondary Students

  • CFDE helps post-secondary students find grants, scholarships, and bursaries. A database with information on the thousands of financial aid opportunities in Alberta is updated on a weekly basis.
  • CFDE offers free support services to young people in need. Our volunteers are available to facilitate walk-ins during business hours.
  • We have experienced staff who are ready to assist with finding housing, searching for practicum, finding volunteer opportunities, and proofreading resumes and cover letters by appointment only.

Services for Low-Income Children/Youth

  • CFDE provides educational materials (such as backpacks, calculators, notebooks, and pencils) to schools in the Edmonton area.
  • Free Online Activity Centre.

Services for Low-Income Adults

  • CFDE provides specialty training for adults in need such as ESL courses, computer classes, and other training programs
  • CFDE provides specialty training for newcomers 



  • To help youth and young adults overcome barriers to gain access to the Arts and education to reach their full potential.
  • To maintain and update a database of scholarships, bursaries and grants to help alleviate the burden of student loans.
  • To provide information needed for training, skill development and career advancement.
  • To provide access to healthy breakfast for children in school and help for low-income families.
  • To support and contribute to the development of STEM and the ARTS in Alberta by empowering women, girls, and youth to join STEAM clubs.
  • To maximize the social good from the community and all other donations.
  • To strengthen communities — when youth are EDUCATED, communities BENEFIT. 
Youth Homework Club



Join us and become a volunteer.
Your skills and knowledge in education, communication can go a long way to assist us when required. You can also obtain valuable experirence in the social service sector. 

All types of clothing, school supplies, toiletries, and materials for children are welcomed. We also accept construction workwear and gear such as steel-toed boots, gloves, work-pants and shirts, and other gear is welcomed. We also accept donations of goods and services for our fundraisers as well as monetary donations. 

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