[UPDATE: It may be useful to browse these old listings as many programs are annual, but for more current contests and competitions, head to the Youth Opportunities page.]
Apologies for the minor delay (I'm starting to think I should call this a weekend round-up rather than a Saturday round-up). I only have two new opportunities for youth this week, but they're both pretty good ones, ready to reward great ideas. Have at 'em!
Great Questions of Canada Essay Competition
• Open to Canadian high school, college or undergraduate university students age 17-25
• Deadline is June 30th, 2011
The Historica-Dominion Institute's Great Questions of Canada Essay Competition invites students to submit a 1,500 word essay on one of six key debate topics:
• Founding Concepts
• Identity Revolution
• After Unity
• Canada & The World
• Heroes & Symbols
• Does History Matter?
Two first place winners (one in the English category and one in the French category) will be awarded $1,500 cash and flown to Ottawa for an awards ceremony while a first runner-up in each category will earn a $500 cash prize and a selection from the Historica-Dominion Institute books. All four winning essays will be published online. Teachers take note - any class with fifteen or more submissions will be considered for a prize of an Historica-Dominion Institute set of books. Visit the website to explore the debate topics and learn more.
The Awesome Foundation (Toronto Chapter at al)
• Open to anyone
• Deadline 15th of each month (ongoing)
Every month the Toronto Chapter of The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences will give $1000 to someone with an awesome idea, generally related to the city itself (Sayeth the website: "What would you do with $1000 to improve our city? Or to make it more fun? Or to prove a point? Or to solve a problem?"). This isn't specifically an opportunity for youth, but since it's open to anyone there's no reason teens can't apply.
- Not in Toronto? The Awesome Foundation started in Boston, and there are plenty of other Awesome Foundation Chapters. Right now most are locally-based, but topic-related chapters seem to be on the way. You can even apply without attaching your idea to any chapter, so if you're anywhere with any kind of awesome idea, have a look at the website!
Previously Highlighted Youth Opportunities
- National Shakespeare Youth Festival (Registration open)
- Sprockets Film Festival Jump Cuts Film Submissions (03/07/11)
- Delisle Youth Gallery - Call for Submissions (03/14/11)
- Westport Youth Film Festival (03/15/11)
- Dare 2 Move ParticipACTION Teen Challenge (03/21/11)
- Herman Miller Student Video Contest: Where's Your Hub? (03/25/11)
- Canadian Aboriginal Writing & Arts Challenge (03/31/11)
- Kaleidoscope Real World Video Challenge (03/31/11)
- So You Think You Know Mining Video Competition (03/31/11)
- Optimist International Oratorical Contest (vary locally; generally late March)
- Toronto Public Library - Young Voices 2011 (04/02/11)
- Google Global Science Fair (04/04/11)
- Trend Micro "What's Your Story?" video contest (04/05/11)
- Paperny Films: So You Think You Can Make TV? Digital Video Contest (04/15/11)
- The Great EcoKids Challenge (04/29/11)
- RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights’ Competition (04/29/11)
- 2011 Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival (04/29/11)
- Because I Am a Girl: smartgirl Contest (04/30/11)
- The James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award (05/31/11)
- The Fraser Institute Essay Contest (05/01/11)
- The 90-Second Newberry Film Festival (09/15/11)