Young people will inherit tomorrow's world. We believe they should be empowered to build their future starting today.
UpstartED is a Canadian nonprofit that equips students between the ages of 12 to 18 with the technological, social and emotional, and 21st century skills required to succeed in a complex future as social innovators. We believe there is no such thing as "too young" when it comes to tackling the complex challenges facing our society.
We complement the public school curriculum with our social innovation program for youth.
The upGen Program is a free, 10 month long entrepreneurial journey that empowers thousands of youth to become social innovators who leverage next generation technology in order to serve their local communities. This program immerses students in real world challenges framed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and helps them develop agency by building a brighter future.
We work with forward-thinking schools and districts to reimagine 21st Century education.
UpstartED is a strategic partner in program and curriculum design, professional development, and strategic transformation projetcts. In addition to serving public schools through our free programs, we work with forward-thinking institutions to launch programs that range from in-classroom workshops to semester-long incubators during which students engage with innovation practices used by the leading organizations and companies in the world.
We have served over 4,000 young people. Here is what one of them has to say.
Getting involved with UpstartED's social innovation program was the best decision I made as a student.
From the design thinking activity, to building a business plan, to the rush of adrenaline when we stepped on the stage to pitch our tech-oriented solution, I learned so many invaluable skills and concepts.
- Zhi Ying Ge, Marianopolis College