January 2020

Waterloo youth solve community challenges at GreenHouse virtual showcase

animation of boy about to run a race

On June 2, GreenHouse hosted the Youth Innovation Showcase, a virtual capstone event for the Youth Innovation Program. This virtual showcase highlighted the innovative solutions developed by 27 youth from across the Waterloo region. These solutions served as answers to challenges identified by the three host organizations: Carizon, Reception House (RH) and the Volunteer Action Centre (VAC). 

GreenHouse celebrates 20 cohorts of youth-led social innovations and enterprises with digital book

GreenHouse Celebrate 20

Since 2013, GreenHouse has been helping students find purpose, take action and create impact. Recently GreenHouse has reached a significant milestone, celebrating the achievements of its 20th cohort of students at its first virtual Social Impact Showcase.

Youth Innovators not Letting a Pandemic Stop them

With the announcements of widespread closures at the start of the March Break, GreenHouse’s Youth Innovation Program has had to be, well, innovative. Fortunately, both the students in the program, as well as the organizational hosts and the coordinator, Anne Filion, have risen to the challenge.

GreenHouse in a time of Pandemic

Greenhouse online

Collage of the six social ventures that pitched in the first online Social Impact Showcase.

It’s Like Riding a Bike – Connie Melidy

The team

Bicycle prototype

Different Abilities, Not Just Disabilities

Logan with Mayor of Kitchener – Logan seen here to the left of Mayor Vrbanovic

Logan with Mayor of Kitchener – Logan seen here to the left of Mayor Vrbanovic

GreenHouse Alumni Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Book, Our Stories in STEM

STEM BOOK

GreenHouse students are often asked, “What’s your why?” The question invites emerging social entrepreneurs to figure out what change they truly want to make, and from there to determine the best way of doing so.

A Surprising Solution to the Plastics Problem

Recycling

Lucas Moffitt & Marc Mirella tour a recycling facility and meet with employees at the facility

Connecting Newcomer Youth with GreenHouse Expertise in Social Innovation

GreenHouse Discovery Lab

For the last seven years, GreenHouse has offered a place for students in the UWaterloo community to receive support on starting and launching ventures that have a social impact. On November 26, 2019, GreenHouse went out into the community instead in an effort to offer an opportunity to newcomer youth from across the region who might not otherwise have the chance to learn from the incubator.

One in a million

Aileen learning about her acceptance to Next36

 

Ever since GreenHouse alumna Aileen Agada began her venture BeBlended – a company focused on the black hair care industry –  she has kept a notebook in which she jots down every idea and possibility that occurs to her. But soon, Aileen might need to add a few extra pages to that notebook.

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