Youth-for-Youth (Y4Y) Innovation Program

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Attention, grade 7 and 8 students in M3C or M4H postal codes!

Are you interested in STEM, problem-solving and collaborative projects? Check out the Ontario Science Centre’s Youth-for-Youth Innovation Program (Y4Y), running throughout July and August 2022 for students from the Flemingdon and Thorncliffe communities.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Science Centre as you learn about the many professionals and apprentices who keep the Centre running, including individuals with expertise in science, technology, engineering, math and skilled trades. Meet and engage with the Science Centre’s scientists, exhibit fabrication staff (i.e., carpenters, machinists, electricians), audio visual technicians, 2D and 3D designers, motion graphics animators, animal care experts, program developers and more.

Together, participants will develop a solution-based design project with support from their youth mentors and Science Centre staff. You will then present your solutions to a panel of peers, Science Centre staff and program partners.

This program has been generously sponsored by Scotiabank. There is no cost for participants, and Presto cards will be provided to students relying on transit to attend. Upon completing the program, all participants will receive a $25/day stipend.

There are three Y4Y sessions taking place in 2022:

  • Session 1: Monday, July 25 – Friday, August 5*
  • Session 2: Tuesday, August 9 – Friday, August 19
  • Session 3: Monday, August 22 – Thursday, August 25

*No session on Monday August 1 due to Civic Holiday.

Program criteria

  • Live in an area with a M3C or M4H postal code
  • Have completed grade 7 or 8 in June 2022
  • Be available to attend the program in person at 770 Don Mills Road from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on all days of the selected session
  • Follow all Ontario Science Centre and Toronto Public Health protocols
  • Complete all parts of the application and submit it before Wednesday June 22 at 4 p.m.

Apply now!

If you meet the above criteria, get more details or download and complete your application now to apply for a spot in this exciting program. Submit your form via email (see application) by Wednesday June 22 at 4 p.m.

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A selection committee will review all applications submitted by the deadline. All applications that meet the criteria will be placed into a pool for a random selection. Once participants have been randomly selected, they and their parents/caregivers will receive a registration form via email. This form must be completed and returned by the specified due date to secure the participant’s place in the program.

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