We enable youth from historically marginalized communities to own their future and stay on positive paths along each stage of life’s journey through our changemaker programs.
What if all young people saw themselves
A changemaker is someone who...
identifies a challenge in their own life, home, school, community or society and who takes action in a responsible and sustainable way.
Changemaking is our vehicle for developing and affirming young people's sense of identity, belonging and personal agency.
Did you know?
The development of identity, belonging and agency in youth from historically marginalized communities (i.e. who identify as Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour, Women, and/or having Learning Differences) has been linked to increased emotional adjustment, higher rates of academic perseverance and success, increased confidence in exploring career options and higher rates of civic engagement. This is why we have developed our changemaker framework around these three constructs.
UpstartED youth are on their way.
have a strong awareness of their limiting self-beliefs, character traits, and values
are able to identify and relate to problems in their local communities aligned with the UN Global Goals
have the project planning and teamwork skills needed to lead a social impact project
By engaging with our changemaker programs, educators access an integrated set of resources
K-12 resources that develop Identity, Belonging & Agency
Sequenced program options with modifications and adaptations for different learning needs and developmental levels
A combination of tactile and digital tools and resources to cater to accessibility needs
Units aligned with Canadian provincial curricular standards
Assessment tools and data insights on key outcomes
Multimodal formative and summative assessment options to track student progress
An impact report with quantitative and qualitative insights into student outcomes and classroom culture
Active engagement in the program evaluation process with the UpstartED team
Educator training and implementation support
On-demand support from a Program Success Advisor to assist with lesson planning, modifications and adaptations
Teacher toolkit with prompts for self-reflection to promote personal growth
A community of practice bringing together like-minded educators
The voices of youth, their families, educators and communities shape the programs we design
We offer a process, not just a program
Rather than designing a 'one-size-fits-all' educational solution, we build culturally-relevant programs that are designed with and for youth, their educators, families and local communities. In doing so, we enable students to see themselves and their cultures represented as part of their learning.
Teacher at the Individual Learning Center in Whitehorse, Yukon, and former Liard First Nation Chief
"UpstartED's approach to program design is a big thing for us."
By promoting student-led learning, we help foster critical and creative thinking. UpstartED's approach respects First Nations ways of knowing and doing. It also honours individual students. Our First Nations students don't have to fall through the cracks.
We are active in schools and learning centers across Canada
Career Teacher (Grades 7, 8) from
Robert Service School in
The content that I went through with my students was not only aligned with what is required of me to teach, but it also allowed them to spend time with important life concepts. It was great to help students move towards their best selves and I learned alongside them since this was also new to me!
The You(th) Explore program enriched me as a person