Enrichment Opportunities


2022 Ontario Nature Youth Summit

What is it?

The Youth Summit brings together about 100 students in grades 9-12 from across Ontario to learn about the variety of nature in our province and positive solutions to conservation and environmental issues. For 2022, Ontario Nature will offer a unique cross-cultural event planned and run by Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth leaders from across Ontario. This year’s summit is planned to be an in-person weekend, if COVID permits.

Visit the website for more information and the online application - https://mvfn.ca/?s=Ontario+Nature+Youth+Summit

Imagine Architecture
 is a career exploratory program for grade 10-12 students who are interested in architecture, design, and building a portfolio. 


The fun and intensive workshops, taught by instructors from Carleton University’s architecture program, will introduce students to the creative and collaborative culture of design studio, which is at the heart of the architectural studies curriculum.

LAB 101 — July 4-8 – ON-CAMPUS

Emphasis on human scale, multi-media drawing techniques, architectural conventions, and some physical modeling.

LAB 102 — July 11-15 – ON-CAMPUS

Emphasis on digital representation: Rhino 3D, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Workshop on page layouts for portfolios.

LAB 103 — July 18-22 – ON-CAMPUS

Emphasis on diagrams and abstract architectural thinking, urban space, and portfolio preparation workshops

LAB 101 — July 25-29 – ONLINE

Emphasis on human scale, multi-media drawing techniques, architectural conventions, and some physical modeling.

Visit our website for more information: https://architecture.carleton.ca/non-degree-programs/imagine-architecture

Step Up Virtual

A free personal and professional development program for future youth leaders

In low-income communities across Canada, high school dropout rates can reach 50% or more which can have lasting social, economic, and health impacts on the individuals and their communities. Our team is deeply passionate about tackling this statistic by delivering engaging and accessible learning opportunities to improve education and future outcomes for youth. 


Step Up Virtual (SUV) is a free, online program designed for high school students in Canada facing financial barriers to explore their passions, develop leadership and communication skills, discover new careers and universities, and grow as entrepreneurial leaders.


We offer a diverse set of programming that includes business skills training, key-note speakers, personal and professional development workshops, 1:1 mentorship, and an Innovation Challenge Showcase for  students to build their own entrepreneurial ideas. 

Visit the website for more information: https://www.stepupvirtual.com/

Ottawa Humane Society 

We are currently recruiting for several Outreach Attendants, who would help organize and facilitate outreach programs, including summer camps.  This is a great opportunity for students who would enjoy working with children and animals.  There is an opportunity for full-time hours throughout the summer and casual hours (weekend and evenings) thereafter.

The job posting and application instructions can be found here:


YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange Program

The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange (SWSE) program is a national exchange opportunity for 16- and 17-year-old youth living in Canada. Over six weeks in the summer, youth travel to another community in Canada, living and working in their second official language. Participants are employed in public sector or non-profit jobs, providing them with meaningful employment experience and a chance to contribute to impactful work in communities across the country.
If your interested, apply here

Future Perfect by Katimavik

Future Program is open to all youth aged 19 to 30 who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or have landed refugee status in Canada.
> see link for information or to apply @www.katimavik.org



Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa


The Power of Mentoring (PoM) event series focuses on career mentoring with corporate partners from various industries, giving our young adults the chance to explore a variety of future opportunities. At events, youth aged 15-24 have the chance to talk to passionate mentors from innovative and popular companies in a one-on-one, virtual setting. Each participant will also receive a customized event kit.

Our first event this season, PoM x RBC, will be Monday, October 4th from 6 – 8 pm EST on Zoom. Register today to learn about one of Canada’s “Top 50 Best Workplaces” from a new perspective!


Should you have any questions, please contact Gabrielle Davis by email:[email protected]bigbrothersbigsisters.ca



Interested in a Dual Credit course for the fall?  Registration is open now for the next 3 weeks.  For those of you who don't know, DC courses are elective courses you can take as a high school student in grades 11 or 12.  They are real college courses and are free to students.  These courses offerings MAY be virtual in the fall.  Course Offerings
Interested?  Contact your guidance counsellor or [email protected]

Thank you!

Canada Homestay Network

Ottawa-Carleton Education Network (OCENET) and Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has partnered with Canada Homestay Network to arrange and support homestay hosts for international students studying in Ottawa.

Learn the benefits of hosting & apply online, please click this link Host Family 


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