UP4 THE CHALLENGE provides middle and high school students with the tools and confidence to address social challenges within their community. Participants use a human-centred design process to create innovative solutions while developing an appreciation for the potential for STEM as a tool for positive change.
We currently offer programming in Ottawa and Toronto.
Check out our current programs here!
Our Community Partners
Our program would not be what it is without the dedicated support of community partners. By collaborating with organizations that have an intimate understanding of social issues and work directly with people in the community, we enable youth to design solutions for problems that exist for real people. The result is an experience that is invaluable to both program participants and the community members working with our partner organizations.
Parkdale Food Centre
We are fortunate to be working closely with the Parkdale Food Centre, a local Ottawa organization that shares our vision to build healthier, more connected communities. A huge thank you to Karen Secord and Sue Hall for ongoing support!
Learn more about our program with the Parkdale Food Centre here:
Core Program Elements
Design Thinking - introduction to how it can create social change for our partner organization
Understanding the issues from the users' perspectives through listening, empathy and reflection
Hands-on, iterative design in collaboration with our community partner
Through these elements, an awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of design is fostered.
Evergreen Brick Works
At Evergreen, our program participants learn about sustainable practices to promote flourishing cities. Isaac Crosby, Lead Hand Urban Agriculture, shares knowledge about Indigenous agricultural practices and different ideas to implement at home and within the wider community. No matter what the season, there is always something to see, smell, or taste in Isaac's gardens!
Many thanks to our sponsors and supporters