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:
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The 2015-16 SpeakUp Project Report must be completed by SpeakUp Project Teams that have received a grant.
The report has two parts:
Each of these must be completed and submitted to the Ministry of Education at different points in your project cycle:
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.
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:
If you have any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.