Essay Contest Judges
The Turning Points program hosts an annual essay contest for young Canadians in grades 6 through 12. Young students are invited to submit essays that are a self reflection of their fundamental values. In 2008/09 more than 11,000 students participated. An opportunity exists for volunteer judges. In April each year judges read and rank writing pieces submitted by students from across Ontario and determine the winners in each category.
Program Advisory Committees
Program Advisory Committees consist of individuals from the community, business and education who are committed to providing advice and counsel for the strategic growth and implementation of The Learning Partnership programs. These groups meet 3 to 4 times per year in various cities across Canada.
The involvement of volunteer business partners is a critical component of the Entrepreneurial Adventure program in the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, Calgary, Halifax and Fredericton. Volunteer business partners are an invaluable resource to students and teachers as they assist in the design, development and implementation of a venture. Volunteer business partners can spend anywhere from 1 to 6 hours a month in the classroom sharing their business experience, knowledge and skills, while encouraging and motivating the students.
Career Awareness for Youth
Career awareness at the intermediate and secondary level is an essential component to ensuring a student’s success in life. It allows students to connect what they are doing in the classroom to what will be required of them once they enter the world of work. Students become more aware of the options open to them, encouraging them to make decisions that will lead them to the career of their choice.