Speak Up

Student Voice

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SpeakUp Projects

What are SpeakUp Projects?

SpeakUp Projects promote student engagement and success in Ontario’s schools. They support students in sharing ideas and collaborating with others to shape their educational experience. SpeakUp Projects help students lead projects that can make a difference in their schools.

When students share their ideas, gain skills and collaborate with school, staff and community partners to implement SpeakUp Projects, the whole education system can benefit.

SpeakUp Projects can take many different forms, including starting a club, hosting an assembly or opening a school garden.

This is your chance to create the changes you want to see in your school or community!

Who is Eligible for SpeakUp Projects?

Students in grades 7-12 at Ontario publicly funded schools can participate through their school and district school board.

How do I participate in SpeakUp Projects?

Please contact your school principal or the appropriate school board administrator for more information. Every publicly funded school board in Ontario will receive SpeakUp Project funding to support student projects.

SpeakUp Project Resources

Here are some ideas and resources to help you brainstorm, starting with a few examples of actual SpeakUp Projects where students:

  • Organized a district-wide Indigenous Festival bringing the Native community together.
  • Learned about the benefits of locally produced food by growing vegetables and flowers in school gardens.
  • Hosted a full-day equity conference to engage students and promote equity in education.
  • Worked with a community partner to help a local soup kitchen re-open.
  • Used technology to conduct research on a school-wide math project.
  • Mentored younger students about the importance of the safe use of social networks.
  • Conducted a "Students as Researchers" project about the best ways to engage students in math class.
  • Wrote and performed a play to raise awareness about mental health and offer a message of hope: "You're not alone, there are people ready to help, and there are solutions".

Other Sources of Inspiration

  • See what other students are saying about their projects on our SpeakUp Ontario Facebook page.
  • Watch this video featuring a range of projects from elementary and secondary schools.
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Additional Resources

If you have any questions, please email: speakupprojects@ontario.ca.

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