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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Strengthening Student Engagement in Sudbury Schools SpeakUp Projects Promote Students’ Ideas and Voice

Ontario is supporting greater student engagement in Sudbury by funding projects that encourage students to lead or participate in projects that make a difference in their schools.
This year, 916 projects have been approved for funding. New areas of focus for this school year include: well-being, financial literacy, the arts, and ensuring equity and promoting anti-racism.
The Ontario government has funded 9 local SpeakUp Projects that provide students in grades 7-12 with grants of up to $2,500 to lead and/or participate in projects that strengthen student engagement within their classroom, school and wider community.
In Sudbury, these local projects will receive funding:
  • Lockerby Composite School - Mental Wellness Toolkit
  • Lasalle Secondary School - Peer Mental Well-Being Support Training Session
  • Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School - Unbreakable Spring Open
  • N'Swakamok Native Alternative School - Cultural Connections for Indigenous Students
  • Sudbury Secondary School Indigenous Youth Group
  • Churchill Public School - Healthy Food Healthy Mind Initiative
  • Lasalle Secondary School - Aboriginal Day Festivities
  • St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School - Opening Doors for Indigenous Conversations
  • St. Charles College Sudbury Catholic District School Board Jiintamok
    These student-led projects are helping Ontario’s publicly funded education system reach goals that are outlined in Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario. The whole education system benefits when students share their ideas, gain skills and collaborate with school staff and community partners to implement SpeakUp Projects.
    Promoting student engagement is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change that includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

    “Through the SpeakUp Projects we are empowering Sudbury students to work together, share ideas, and help one another. By listening and learning from our students, we can focus on the issues that effect young people. Our student leaders have shown that mental health, wellness, equality and fairness are among the topics that matter most in our schools. I am proud to support these projects and the students who are working together to make their classrooms, schools, and communities more welcoming and supportive.”
    — Glenn Thibeault, MPP Sudbury
    “This is an amazing program. We are providing funding that will give students a voice to share their ideas and help to make schools welcoming places to learn. These essential skills will help our students develop into confident, capable and caring citizens.” — Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care
    “Sudbury Catholic Schools strongly believe in providing students with opportunities to share their voice as they have so much to contribute. We are very proud to provide learning environments that encourage students to share their innovative ideas and to help shape their learning. SpeakUp Grants have provided many students in our system with the tools they need to bring their ideas to life. We thank the Ministry of Education and local Sudbury MPP and Glenn Thibeault for their dedication to promoting and supporting student voice and our Sudbury Catholic Schools,”
    — Michael Bellmore, Chairperson, Board of Trustees at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board.
    "It's very gratifying when students identify a need in their school, get together to brainstorm ideas, take the initiative to apply for funding, and roll up their sleeves to take action. We thank the Province of Ontario for valuing student voice and giving students an opportunity to be active participants in their education through the SpeakUp grants." — Rainbow District School Board Chair Doreen Dewar.
  • Since 2008, Ontario has funded more than 10,000 SpeakUp Projects and invested more than $10M.
  • Last year, more than 750 projects were approved for funding to support the Student Voice.
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