Speak Up

Student Voice

Call for 2015-16 SpeakUp Project grant proposals!
Open to all students in grades 7-12 at publicly funded schools.
Deadline is February 5, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.
Students! Start your Speak Up project proposal online today!
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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 in 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!

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