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- Youth Fusion is an
award-winning, non-partisan charity that establishes innovative partnerships
between high schools and universities, in an effort to counter high school
dropout rates, by creating and implementing projects that engage youth and
keep them interested in school.
Science and technology
- Science or engineering students help the students to
develop science projects, and organize end-of-year Science Fairs.
Technology is integral part of our society and is developing at an
exponential rate, which makes it important for young people to develop a
critical understanding of these fields. High school students want to
understand the hands-on applications for the concepts they are exposed to in
their science classes. Youth Fusion’s science project coordinators help
students develop a passion for science and technology through workshops,
competitions and fieldtrips that challenge them and stimulate their
Our project coordinators provide support for existing science education
initiatives and offer additional extra-curricular activities. The activities
aim to arouse students’ scientific curiosity, develop their scientific
knowledge and skills, and offer a unique perspective on careers and
post-secondary education in the fields of science and technology.
Here are some activities offered within the Science and Technology projects
at various schools:
Bridge-Pop with ÉTS: Students explore architecture and engineering by
designing and constructing a bridge out of sticks, and then seeing how much
weight it can hold up
Radio: Students explore elements of electricity and electronics by
assembling a rudimentary radio
Clock: Students design and construct a clock powered by the earth’s
FIRST Robotics Competition: Students work with professional engineers
to design and construct a robot (see Robotics section)
Science Fair: Coaching for student participants
Field trips: Beauharnois Hydro-electric Dam, Montreal Science Centre,
Polytechnique, École de technologie supérieure, École des métiers de
l’aérospatiale de Montréal, Montreal Exhibition Center
Thematic events: magic-science, scientific activities during the days of
Workshops: solar energy, aerospace
Mathematics and computer science
- Learning math is often a big challenge, especially when
students have learning disabilities.
Through this project, recent graduates (in engineering, mathematics or
science) develop mathematics projects, and are responsible for working
closely with teachers and targeted classrooms in order to develop and
implement innovative activities that aim to improve students’ grades and
promote the application of scientific concepts, for example:
The goal is to offer alternatives that allow young people to apply and experiment mathematics through concrete projects.
Homework help is also available to at-risk students.
- Usage of
new Information technologies (IT)
- Programming video games
- Usage of interactive software
- Usage of Excel
- Participation in math competitions
- Application of different economics principles
Robotics (ages 14-18)
- Engineering students help students build robots in
order to participate at an international robotics competition.
In partnership with Bombardier Inc., the Joseph Armand Bombardier Foundation
and BMO Financial Group, Youth Fusion launched FIRST Robotics Quebec.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an
international robotics competition designed to offer young people an
exciting and hands-on experience in science and technology. The objective is
precise: students have six weeks to build a 120-pound, highly functional
robot, capable of playing a sport. Students work with engineers and mentors
to create their robots and participate in competitions across North America.
FIRST aims to give young people the tools and passion needed to be science
and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs
that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire
innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including
self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Robotics (ages 9-13)
- Science & Technology: Going beuond mentoring to
prepare emerging leaders
For 9-13 year-olds: LEGO® challenges in the classroom
As a way of ensuring continuity – and a strategic continuum – between
elementary schools, high schools, post-secondary institutions and
thevindustry, we have expanded the following program:
With the support of engaged and engaging teachers, as well as highvschool
students who act as mentors, 9-13 year-olds use LEGO®vMindstorms NXT
technology to build, test and program autonomous robotsvcapable of
completing a quest with a scientific theme.
The participating students acquire skills and knowledge by
researchingvefficient and effective designs, and presenting their
innovativevsolutions to a team of experts. The theme of the challenges
variesvfrom year to year: In 2012, the theme was food production and
safety.vIn 2013, the challenge will be around senior citizens – a highly
Considering that these programs last the whole year (36 weeks),vteachers are
able to invest their time in making links between thevexciting world of
hands-on robotics projects and the science, math andvtechnology curriculum.
Moreover, a unique aspect of the programvrevolves around the fact that high
school students act as mentors and
share their knowledge, which they have acquired through theirvuniversity and
Video and cinema
- Cinema students work with high school and elementary
school students to produce films and videos.
Young people readily relate to video and film, and enjoy having the
opportunity to get behind the camera. From screenwriting and pre-production,
to filming, editing and post-production, our versatile film project
coordinators are enthusiastic to share their knowledge and passion with
Youth Fusion has teamed up with two local programs: Clip your 514, which
targets young immigrants, and the CSDM West Film Festival, which works with
CLIP YOUR 514
Clip your 514 is an initiative of the Conférence régionale des élus de
Montréal and the Forum Jeunesse de l’Île de Montréal. This video competition
aims to give a voice to young people, especially those from immigrant
backgrounds. In addition to Youth Fusion’s project coordinator, the teams
receive advice from a professional expert at the various stages of research,
development and creation of the report. Students create 5-minute video
reports, which are presented at a gala.
CSDM WEST NETWORK – FILM FESTIVAL
The Montreal School Board (CSDM) has established a fun tradition: a film
festival among a number of elementary schools located in the western part of
the city. The students, assisted by their teacher and Youth Fusion’s video
project coordinator, get involved in all aspects of film production:
research, script-writing, costumes, sets, pre-production, directing,
filming, special effects, editing and post-production. The students’ talents
are showcased at a gala evening where their 5-minute films are presented to
Media and communication
- Journalism and communications students launch youth-led newspapers or
Communications and media have an ever-growing importance in the lives of
high school students. Youth Fusion’s journalism and communications project
coordinators share their media expertise with young people who wish to
disseminate information and opinions to their communities, either through a
student radio or newspaper.
Our media projects appeal to students’ interests while working with the
resources available at each particular school. Media projects may take the
form of a school newspaper, a blog or website, or a radio broadcast inside
the school building. Additional activities have included photography clubs
and photo contests, film and animation projects, and creating public service
announcements promoting safe-sex practices.
Our project coordinators have led workshops on topics such as: the
interviewing process, news-writing, opinion pieces, how to conduct surveys,
constructive ways to express criticism, poetry and caricaturing. Other
workshops focus on the more technical aspects of journalism, including
photography and image processing, layout and design, sound-editing, and
OUR JOURNALISM AND MEDIA ACTIVITIES AIM TO:
- Give students a
context to practice their writing and language skills
Improve communication within the school
- Allow young people to take on roles, such as reporter, editor,
photographer, columnist and radio host
- Develop critical thinking, analytical skills and decision making
- Promote the cultural, social, artistic, sports and intercultural
activities that take
- place in the school
- Highlight student achievements
- Showcase student artwork
- Integrate students’ knowledge of multi-media
- Environmental science students collaborate with
teenagers to start ‘green teams’ that focus on recycling, composting,
sustainable development, urban planning and responsible consumption.
Many young people are concerned about the state of the ecosystem and want to
get involved in projects that improve the environment at school, in the
community, and beyond. Participating in activities that promote respect for
and preservation of the environment is a great way for young people to
become active citizens in their communities. It also provides a good
foundation and direction for those seeking a career in Quebec’s eco friendly
Youth Fusion’s environment project coordinators have the energy and
enthusiasm to support student-led environmental initiatives, while applying
their expertise in the field to promote better awareness and understanding
of the environment.
- Business and management students help the teenagers start
businesses and entrepreneurial projects.
MANAGING A SERVICE CO-OP
Youth Fusion’s management project coordinator, in collaboration with
students and school administration, launch a service co-op through which
high school students get the opportunity to earn money while sharing their
skills and knowledge with the wider community.
This project aims to:
- Introduce students to the business world and
the co-op structure
- Create ties between students in different grades
- Create links between students and local organizations, institutions,
- Empower students by having them act as peer mentors
- Political science students help students develop a
civic-minded, sustainable student councils that work with the school’s
administration to implement more civic education, and promote democratic
engagement and sustainability at the school.
Part of a school’s mission is to provide the civic education that will
prepare young people to participate actively in our society. With its
administrators, regulations, and structured decision-making process, a
school represents a real microcosm of government in a context that is
accessible to students. By participating in the school’s decision-making
process, students can develop a sense of citizenship and the rights and
responsibilities that go along with it. However, student councils often
suffer from a lack of direction or support on the part of the school, and a
lack of interest among students.
- ROGERS is proud to support Youth Fusion and our
commitment to providing youth with the educational resources they need to
learn, grow and shine in the classroom and beyond.
ROGERS and Youth Fusion are thrilled to launch an « Academic Engagement
Program » that will provide individual support to at-risk students in the
fields of mathematics, science, French and English.
Through this initiative, Youth Fusion will collaborate with school
principals and teachers, and mobilize local partners, such as Succès
Scolaire, in order to maximize the results.
- Youth Fusion collaborates and creates links with:
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal in order to implement “Operation
Back to School”
- The City of Montreal and the borough mayors in order to offer and
organize tours and special events to students
- The Centre d’Aide à la Réussite et au Développement (C.A.R.D.) du
Sud-Ouest and La Maison de Jeunes de Ville-Émard, rAdo-Actif, for a tutoring
- The Opera of Montreal to collect donated musical instruments
- The Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal for a mentorship program
- Carrefour-Jeunesse-Emploi de la Capitale-Nationale for projects in
- The Cree Health Board for our programs in the James Bay
- Vigilant Futures to provide sports activities to high school students
Language skills: Reading and Writing
- Learning French (or any language) is a big challenge in
disadvantaged areas, especially when a large majority of students have
Through this project, university students or recent graduates, in
communications or a relevant language field, develop activities that
encourage young people to read and write, while working closely with
teachers in targeted classrooms.
Examples of projects that allow us to improve students’ grades and promote
Publication of a book written entirely by the students
Creation of a student-led newspaper, website or online blog
workshops on editing and writing columns, articles, surveys, reviews, and
poems, among others.
Homework help is also available to at-risk students.
Music and artistic expression
- Artistic activities provide an excellent means for young
people to express their creativity and originality. Teenagers often identify
strongly with particular artistic styles and are passionate about developing
their raw talent. Time after time, young people have said that their schools
do not offer them enough opportunities to express themselves actively
through song, music or dance.
Our music and dance project coordinators possess the skills and commitment
necessary to coach students in developing their artistic talent. Each
project strives to engage students in the activities that interest them,
while working with the resources available at the particular school. No
matter the form that the project takes, the young participants gain
self-esteem and exposure within their community though their artistic
practice and performances.
- Playing sports is a way for young people to relax,
unwind, and enjoy something they can excel in. It is also a context in which
many young people develop self-esteem and respect for others and learn how
to work as a team. Beyond contributing to their physical development, Youth
Fusion’s sports programs give teenagers the tools and incentive to adopt
healthy lifestyles, including physical activity, nutrition, and a balance
among studies, work, leisure and relationships.
- The Cooking Project, consists of workshops developed in
response to requests from teachers or other professionals, is a place where
students have the opportunity to handle, feel and taste the food. In
addition, these workshops are an opportunity to work in teams and are
intended to provide additional tools to prepare meals at home.