The STEM Leaders program is officially one year old! Last summer we launched our youth program engaging 19 participants grades 9-12 in immersive, STEM-based experiential learning opportunities directed towards the pursuit of post-secondary education and enhanced career aspirations.
This summer, we’ve focused on deepening our impact. For 7 weeks, 30 youth from 12 of our target communities visited local universities and institutions where they interacted with STEM professionals and engaged in hands-on experiences. These included:
Hands-on STEM workshops with Code Mobile and Ryerson University
Behind-the-scenes experiences at Toronto Zoo and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Space-themed workshops at York University’s Astronomical Observatory and Dunlap Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics at UofT
The Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program at UofT Engineering
A week-long immersion camp at The University of Toronto Mississauga including the Amgen Biotech Experience
To add to their busy schedules, many of the young leaders also took on additional roles in STEM fields including:
Data Analysis at University of Toronto Department of Chemistry
Communications at the University of Toronto Engineering Outreach
Facilitators in the Lay-Up Youth Basketball Camp
Throughout the summer (and entire first year of the program) youth have not only grown as leaders but have developed critical skills, built meaningful relationships and explored STEM in real-world job settings. It has been incredible watching them grow and we are excited to see them take their learning into STEM Clubs this fall - as Youth Facilitators!
A huge thank you to all our partners for making this summer possible - we appreciate you!