Youth Science And Technology Outreach Program

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.

Government Contact:

Vic Tyrer
(416) 314-0630

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