Speak Up

Student Voice

The call for 2015-16 SpeakUp Project grant proposals is closed.
Thank you to all students who submitted proposals!
Thank you also to the school and school board staff members who supported students.

Attention SpeakUp Project Teams with a 2015-16 project grant!
Remember to complete this report about your project.
This will make your school eligible for a SpeakUp Project grant next year.

SpeakUp projects

What are SpeakUp projects?

SpeakUp Projects are part of the Ministry of Education’s Student Voice strategy. Student Voice aims to promote student engagement and success in Ontario’s schools by listening to and learning from students.

The SpeakUp Projects program provides funding to help you, the students, lead projects that make a difference in your school, have your voices heard and take action. Student-led project teams can submit proposals to the ministry for evaluation.

SpeakUp Project proposals can take many different forms, including starting a club, hosting an assembly or opening a school garden. Students in grades 7-12 at publicly funded schools are encouraged to develop proposals with the potential to have a lasting impact on their school community.

SpeakUp Projects also support the government’s Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario through skill development, creation of a responsive environment and inclusion of students.

Here are a few examples of SpeakUp projects. Students have:

  • Organized a district-wide Aboriginal Festival bringing the Native community together.
  • Conducted a Students as Researchers project about the best ways to engage students in math class.
  • Learned about the benefits of locally produced food by growing vegetables and flowers in school gardens.
  • Hosted a full-day equity conference to engage students and promote equity in education.
  • Worked with a community partner to help a local soup kitchen re-open.
  • Used technology to conduct research on a school-wide math project.
  • Mentored younger students about the importance of the safe use of social networks.
  • Written and performed a play to raise awareness about mental health and offer a message of hope: "You're not alone, there are people ready to help, and there are solutions".
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This is your chance to take action and create the changes you want to see in your school or community!

Tips and Tools to help you with your SpeakUp Projects

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New Reporting Process for SpeakUp Projects

The 2015-16 SpeakUp Project Report must be completed by SpeakUp Project Teams that have received a grant.

The report has two parts:

  • Part A – Pre-Project Plan (new for 2015-16) and
  • Part B – Post-Project Reflection.

Each of these must be completed and submitted to the Ministry of Education at different points in your project cycle:

Part A – Pre-Project Plan (New for 2015-16!)

Starting in 2015-16, pre-project plans are now required. If your team’s SpeakUp Project Proposal received a grant, the first thing your team must do is complete a Pre-Project Plan. This will help you organize your project, stay on track, meet your goals and reflect on the impact or change you want to have in your school community.

Your project team must complete the Pre-Project Plan, have your principal sign it and then send it to the ministry by April 8, 2016.

Part B – Post-Project Reflection

Once you have finished your project, your team must complete the Post-Project Reflection. This will allow you to reflect on the skills you have learned and the experience you have gained. It is also a chance to evaluate your project’s impact in your school community.

Your project team must complete the Post-Project Reflection, have your principal sign it and then send it to the ministry by June 30, 2016 or when the project has finished within the school year.

If these sections are not submitted to the ministry on time, the school will not be eligible for future SpeakUp Project grants.

Tip: Please save the completed form twice for your records:

  • save the report when you complete and submit Part A; and,
  • save the same report as a new version when you complete and submit Part B.

If you have any questions, please email: speakupprojects@ontario.ca.