NOTA BENE! Registration is needed for this event (see details below).
Lead & organized by YELL alumni, with support of Youth Engaging Youth Canada 150 project, the Canadian Youth Design Jam celebrates the first ever youth only event. For our youth, organized by our youth, this kick off event aims to bring 100 students together to build a community.
One of YELL’s five pillars is Canadian Roots, as such, the evening’s theme is applying an entrepreneurial mindset to Canadian problem solving. To honor this theme, the youth will be tasked with solving a local challenge related to social/economic justice in the downtown eastside.
The design challenge is a group activity focusing on teambuilding and communication.Groups of 5 youth are given a ‘design challenge’ of that provides a solution to a complex social issue. For example, we may task the teams to come up with solution for the fentanyl crisis. The challenges are meant to be difficult and complex, to encourage innovation under a set time frame. Solutions can be anything from tech solutions to social enterprises to co-operative business models.
Since the groups have limited resources and time, the activity is geared at fostering healthy communication and teamwork while inspiring creativity and problem solving skills. The solution can be presented as a 3-D model built out of the paper provided or it can be a visual representation or a business canvas verbally presented. Peers then vote for the design solution that best address the root problem with creativity and efficiency.
The winning team receives a valuable prize.
NOTA BENE! Registration is needed for this event. We have a few spots reserved for Ukrainian Youth. If you are interested, please, send your registration request to email@example.com, stating “Design Jam” in the topic, and indicating your name, educational institution and program, email and phone number.
For more information visit: www.150.ucc.ca
ABOUT YELL Canada:
“EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CANADIAN PROBLEM SOLVERS
The Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad (YELL) was founded by three Canadian entrepreneurs passionate about a development program that could reach high school students across the country. The YELL concept rests on the collective efforts of school district administrators, teachers, parents and business and community leaders.
The program is a hands-on, experiential accelerator for high school students interested in gaining knowledge and leadership experience in all areas of business and entrepreneurship. In addition, YELL helps students interact with like-minded individuals across the school system, helps to build a community based framework to enhance collaborative engagement and provides a learning and development structure to foster innovation and advancement for future generations.
YELL is a registered Canadian charity led by a passionate team of volunteers. We work with school districts to develop customized learning programs that may be integrated into existing credited business courses. Mentors from the business community are brought into classrooms to discuss their experiences and best practices in all aspects of business ranging from corporate finance to social entrepreneurship. A level of sophistication is added through the use of Desire2Learn LeaP platform (formerly Knowillage), which enables seamless and transparent use of any content, while using cutting edge adaptive learning methodologies, allowing for a full personalized learning and maximum student engagement and results.” (source)
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