[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.]
Every weekend I post about current youth opportunities that are open to submissions from Ontario residents, which includes many contests and competitions open to youth across Canada and the US. Please note I'm not attesting to the legitimacy or quality of anything listed here - read the fine print carefully and make your own judgement call, especially if a submission fee or creative rights are involved!Well, I'm officially changing the Youth Opportunities info on the sidebar to say that I post on "weekends" since between last week and this week the Saturday thing clearly isn't always happening (at least this week I have a good excuse - Script Frenzy, which I'll write more about shortly).
Earlier this month I wrote about the Student Vote program and how much I love the idea. For anyone who's interested, the Globe and Mail had an article this week on the program, "Mock election attracts 'engaged' students" by Tamara Baluja. No results yet though - those won't released until the real election is over, too.
Now, onto the two new youth opportunities for this week!
Ontario Stewardship Rangers
• Open to Ontario residents born in 1994 and enrolled in school
• Deadline Friday May 6th, 2011
The Ontario Stewardship Ranger program is a once-in-a-lifetime summer employment opportunity - once in a lifetime because it's only open to individuals born in a single year. Stewardship Ranger's work for eight weeks on projects supporting the natural environment in their local communities (The Ontario Ranger program offers live-and-work camp opportunities, but the 2011 deadline for that program has already passed). There are Stewardship Ranger positions available for 20 community projects this year, so if you're 16/17 and love nature, check the list quick - the deadline is this Friday!
Call for Articles - Toronto Youth Food Policy Council Journal
• Seeking articles up to 1,500 words written by youth under 30
• Deadline for the 1st journal is July 15th, 2011
The Toronto Youth Food Policy Council seeks to "mobilize and engage youth to help build a just food system". For the first time TYFPC is putting together an academic journal, and is seeking accessible articles written by youth. Topics may include (but are not limited to):
- Food issues
- Food systems
- Food movement
- Food literacy
- Sustainable agriculture
- Food and the environment
- Food access and equity
- Urban agriculture
Visit the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council website to learn more about the organization and click on "Journal" for submission details.
Previously Highlighted Youth Opportunities (after the jump!)
- Bridgestone Safety Scholars Video Contest (Full-time students aged 16-21 with a driver's license, US & Canada excluding Quebec: 05/13/11)
- AMAPCEO Secondary School Student Essay Contest (Full-time Ontario secondary school students: 05/17/11)
- Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest (Canadians 19 and under: 05/23/11)
- The James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award (Ages 18 and under: 05/31/11)
- "Science Can Fix That" Video Contest (Ages 6-18 or 19 and full-time high school student: 05/03/11)
- The Fraser Institute Essay Contest (High school & post-secondary students: 06/01/11)
- Historica-Dominion Institute's Great Questions of Canada Essay Competition (Students ages 17-25: 06/30/11)
- BMO Team of the Week Contest (Adult rep of Cdn youth soccer teams, ages 7-12: 06/30/11)
- Business Wire's 50th Anniversary College Video Contest (US & Cdn post-secondary students: 07/15/11)
- The 90-Second Newberry Film Festival (09/15/11)
- Toronto Chapter of The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences (15th of each month) or find other chapters of the Awesome Foundation