Exciting new initiatives

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Graham Brown and Tania Del Matto present certificates to Sam Hirhi, Hannan Furlong, Laura Barkin and Geoff Evamy Hill in recognition of their projects being funded.

$5,000 GreenHouse fund supports student startups

The GreenHouse social innovation community at St. Paul's launched a $5,000 Social Innovation Fund to support high-potential student projects that will have a positive environmental or social benefit. 

Offered to GreenHouse students in both Fall and Winter terms, the Social Innovation Fund is different from ordinary pitch contests, as students need to demonstrate results, as well as form an advisory board of stakeholders and topic experts, in order to compete.

At the end of each term selected projects will be featured in a Showcase event open to alumni, community members, students, and anyone with an interest in social innovation.

This Fall, seven student innovator groups competed for the funding. The ideas ranged from a pan-Canadian university, to a ‘RockStar Café’ that could be Canada’s first youth-centric, sustainable, and entrepreneurial coffee house, to an app that aggregates global news media stories and uses analytics to distill fact from opinion. One group plans to strengthen early childhood education in urban slums around the world, while another focuses on reducing water consumption here at St. Paul's. 

Four funding recipients announced at Social Innovation Showcase.

Lyle S. Hallman Foundation funds learning camp

The Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre (WAEC) at St. Paul’s University College, in collaboration with the University of Waterloo, will deliver an interactive educational and recreational summer camp for Aboriginal parents and children, thanks to funding from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation. The Circle of Life-long Learning Camp will support a good mind and good life through partnerships with local Aboriginal Communities and families to weave together the wisdom and traditions of the past and the generations of the future.

The 5 day camp will create vivid learning experiences for children aged 10 to 14 and their parents and/or guardians. Youth and caregivers will participate in a variety of presentations, classes and activities designed to keep children and parents engaged, informed and entertained while exploring the power and possibilities of science (including health sciences), technology, engineering and math in a culturally based setting.

The concept was created with the objectives of demystifying the post-secondary experience, reducing anxiety and increasing awareness of the opportunities for both parents/guardians and children. The first camp will take place in summer of 2015.

Entrepreneurship workshop for Aboriginal youth

The Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre (WAEC) at St. Paul’s University College, continues to build on the success of programs like DIRECTIONS (post-secondary readiness conference for Aboriginal youth-now in its 8th year). The WAEC will be launching a unique two-day Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Workshop in collaboration with the Catalyst team at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

The program will launch early in 2015 to introduce 15-20 First Nations, Metis and Inuit high school students from Southern Ontario to the concepts of entrepreneurship through Indigenous knowledge and a hands-on workshop with experienced Aboriginal Elders, entrepreneurs, leaders, and mentors.