Welcome Teachers!


Do You Have Students Who Are Committed To

Sustainability?

 

We are challenging our city’s passionate youth to tackle the most pressing issues of our time.

The Question:

If you had $5,000 how would you solve a pressing issue?

 

The SDC is an exciting project for students, especially those in Leadership programs, Arts programs or Grade 11 Social Studies and Grade 12 Social Justice classes, but the goals are so wide-reaching that all disciplines could find a project concept that would work. It is an inspiring and motivating competition. We also have an option for younger students who are just getting ready to grow their ideas. See Plan B.

Teacher Responsibilities

Make a difference in YOUR students’ lives.

The SDC is a fully supported platform for interested student teams. Our organization provides all the tools for their success. We encourage students to connect with locally based NGOs who match their passions and work with them on creating a sustainable project. We also provide community mentors to help along the way. One on one team support is also available throughout the process so teacher responsibility should be minimal – but crucial in getting teams recruited!

  • The teacher/sponsor should support the students and provide guidance to ensure that their project fits into one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 

  • They can remind students of NGO and Mentor nights or help them to contact local NGOs and perhaps make introductions to their FAVOURITE ones! They should also be available to discuss the project as necessary. 

  • Teachers can help facilitate speakers and mentors to support their students’ projects. It is important to note that presentations must be in the words of the student presenters and not plagiarized or copied from any restricted sources. 

  • Adult sponsors must be careful to let students come to their own conclusions and write their own material.  It is unacceptable to have adults write the speeches or lines that students present on stage.

  • A teacher and/or NGO sponsor must accompany the students to the SDC and supervise the presentation.

 

Benefits

  1. Students will leave the SDC enlightened about global issues and empowered about how each of us can make a difference in global-sized problems.

  2. Students will be encouraged by meeting hundreds of like-minded youth and adults who are eager to take on the challenge of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

  3. Students will be empowered to think beyond themselves. Past winners of the previously sponsored SDC have mentioned that they received an incredible sense of empowerment by making a concrete contribution to the urgent social issues in developing countries.

  4. The SDC makes a great addition to Socials Studies 11 and Social Justice 12 courses.  Students at some schools may receive 2 credits of Honors Socials 11 upon completion of the SDC.

  5. Students learn to write grant proposals, and hone their oral presentation skills – very useful skills in the world of post-secondary education.

  6. Grade 12 students can use their SDC experience to support their application service awards, scholarships, and bursaries.

    Here is a great teacher resource to get you started!

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Don’t Take It From Us

Educators are praising the Challenge for how it fits seamlessly into the new curriculum.

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Ready To Take Action?