The Youth Science and Technology Outreach Program connects tomorrow’s researchers with today’s leaders in science and technology. The program is designed to inspire young people – particularly high school age youth – to choose careers in science and technology. The program will accomplish this by providing youth with face-to-face interactions with Ontario’s leading-edge researchers and technologists in meaningful hands-on science and technology experiences beyond the classroom and curriculum.
Who’s eligible to apply?
Applications will be accepted from the following non-profit, Ontario-based organizations:
- post-secondary institutions
- non-profit research institutions
- science awareness organizations
- industry or professional associations
- boards of education
- non-profit community organizations supporting youth at-risk
What’s eligible for funding?
YSTOP is first and foremost a mentoring program. Eligible mentoring experiences include:
- workshops and demonstrations
- student competitions
- expert in residence
- lab mentorship
- field excursions
- speaking opportunities
Funded projects must:
- connect youth with researchers and technologists who can help them explore post-secondary choices leading to careers in science and technology
- engage youth across Ontario – with an emphasis on youth living in rural and remote communities, and youth at-risk
- provide youth with hands-on science and technology experiences in Ontario’s leading-edge research institutes
- Connect the general public with researchers and technologists through youth-focused activities
The Youth Science and Technology Outreach Program is a discretionary, non-entitlement program. Applications are evaluated through a competitive process. The program will provide successful applicants up to $150,000 over three years to cover eligible project cash expenditures.
Successful applicants will be required to enter into a legal agreement with the Ministry.