Literacy Program

We believe literacy is a basic human right for every Canadian, and it is our duty to support our youth to increase opportunities for their future success.  
Beyond its importance as part of the right to education, literacy improves lives by expanding capabilities which in turn reduces poverty, increases participation in the labour market and has positive effects on health and sustainable development. By empowering our youth, we create a ripple effect on our society that will have a lasting effect on the world as a whole.
The need for books sometimes takes a back seat to groceries, rent, winter boots and other house bills. The statistic is sad, but with one in four Canadian households without a book, we hope you’ll consider donating to our Give the Gift of Literacy campaign. Your donation will be matched by the Calgary Flames Foundation, doubling your personal impact. With this match, even your $60 donation will get books into the hands of four students who need them.
Books for Kids in 2022
Youth motivated by Reading Give it a Shot! in 2022
Youth motivated by Reading Give it a Shot! since 1995

Reading…Give it a Shot

‘Reading… Give it a Shot’ is our longest running program and provides reading motivation for youth from first to sixth grade.  Participants earn collector cards for logging reading minutes from editions such as Canadian Wildlife, Species at Risk, and Calgary Flames. Our cards provide youth with the incentive to develop their literacy skills!


Books for Kids

We are strengthening our literacy program by adding the donation of books to select schools in Alberta. With the addition of this program, we have increased our impact on literacy levels by providing children with all the tools they need to elevate their literacy skills and discover the joy of reading.

Who benefits from this program?






How it works

As part of the solution to the skilled trades shortage, Building Trades of Alberta affiliates are providing the use of their world-class, multi-million dollar training facilities as well as the red seal journeymen trainers to educate students. Participating high schools will allow students who meet the following criteria to take the course:

  1. Grades 11 & 12 or 16 years or older
  2. Punctual, responsible and reliable
  3. Drug and alcohol free
  4. Meet the prerequisite requirements:
    • Completed HCS 3000, HCS 3010 and Construction Safety Training Systems [CSTS] (available through their high school)
    • Steel-toed boots
    • Provide their own transportation to and from the training facility
    • Provide consent from parent or guardian

Watch Brandon's Story

Brandon was not thriving in High School until he was introduced to the new Trades and Climate Change Program being delivered by TEPF. In partnership with Building Trades of Alberta, Workforce Development Trust and the Alberta Government, this program takes students off-site to first class Union facilities where they are taught by Red Seal Journeymen.

Thank you to our sponsors who support Trades Careers Education and its goals:

TEPF could not help as many students as it does without the continued support of our business partners. As a non-profit organization, TEPF prides itself on the strong relationships it develops with companies, organizations, and individuals, and serves as an essential link between their generosity and the students.