Community matters at Shad. We are mindful and purposeful about building community each year. We partner with programs, associations and foundations that work directly with youth from all walks of life. Shad’s partners let their communities know about our program and in some cases offer a scholarship for their members to participate at Shad.

Shail shares how his Shad experience was shaped by the people he was with, the connections he grew, and the network of changemakers he is proud to be part of.
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Pathways to Education
Pathways has 25 community locations across nine provinces. They work with youth from low-income areas to break the cycle of poverty through education.

Shad awards full scholarships for Pathways students that have been accepted into the program.

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Runs an annual Learning to Lead weekend program for grade 11 girls to discover self, develop confidence and explore their leadership potential.

Shad awards a full scholarship for an Indigenous student from the Minerva Learning to Lead program.

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Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program
Is committed to increasing the number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students graduating from science and engineering programs in Canada.

Shad awards a full scholarship for an Indigenous student from the V.J. Kirkness program.

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YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo
YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo work directly with newcomer and immigrant youth, many of whom come from low-income families.

Shad awards a full scholarship for a student from the YMCA newcomer youth program.

Future North
Future North provides resources and support for Indigenous youth in Sudbury and Manitoulin.  

Shad awards a full scholarship for an Indigenous student affiliated with Future North.

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FIRST Robotics Canada
FIRST inspires young people to pursue studies and careers in the field of science, technology and engineering.

Shad awards two full scholarships to FIRST Robotics competitors.

Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA)
In partnership with Dalhousie University, ILA aims to increase the representation of African Canadians in STEM careers. The program improves student success and bridges the achievement gap through real-world learning projects, skill-building, leadership development and tutoring support.

Shad awards two full scholarships to ILA program participants.

YELL Canada
YELL Canada is a charity that partners with schools to support entrepreneurial learning. Students receive credits towards their high school graduation, and gain experiences that are invaluable for broad-based university applications and admissions.

Shad awards three grants in the amount of $1000 each to students from the YELL program.

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Canada-Wide Science Fair
500 young scientists from across Canada showcase their real-world solutions at Canada-Wide Science Fair.

Shad awards three grants in the amounts of $3000, $2000 and $1000 to Canada-Wide Science Fair participants.

Canadian Student Leadership Association and Horizons Leadership Conferences
The Canadian Student Leadership Association (CSLA)  is a federally registered charity in Canada. CSLA is most known for their leadership events and conferences for high school students to engage and build their leadership skills. Shad is involved in events such as the Horizon’s Leadership Conferences, The Canadian Student Leadership Conference and others, encouraging student leaders, particularly those from smaller towns and rural areas, to continue their leadership journey by applying to Shad’s program.

VEX Robotics & The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation
The REC Foundation’s mission is to increase student interest and involvement in STEM by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering program. VEX Robotics was designed to encourage creativity in problem solving and harness the excitement of building robots to immerse learners in STEM.

Shad awards three grants in the amount of $1000 each to VEX Robotics students.

League of Innovators
League of Innovators is a national Canadian charity that empowers young people to be their own bosses in life and career.

Shad awards two grants in the amount of $1000 each to League of Innovators participants.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an internationally recognized program for young people ages 14-24, building their skills to equip them for life and work. The Award challenges young Canadians to develop skills and tools to improve themselves and their communities by encouraging them to go beyond their comfort zone. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.

Participation in Shad can count for the Duke of Ed Gold Project.  

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Friends of Shad

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Students on Ice
Students on Ice provides award-winning educational expeditions to the Polar Regions. Over 2500 students and staff have participated to date. The SOI Foundation inspires and empowers leadership for a sustainable future by connecting youth to nature, and to the knowledge, people, and resources to make a difference.

RisingYouth and TakingITGlobal
Rising Youth Community Service Grants empowers young people, ages 15-30 to imagine ideas that can support their local community and helps put those ideas into action through grants of $250, $750, or $1500. 

This initiative is administered by TakingITGlobal and funded by the government of Canada through its Canada Service Corps initiative.   

A dedicated team is available nationwide to answer questions related to the application process and provide ongoing project support to make sure youth projects are thriving and successful.

Find Your Path
Find Your Path is a student-volunteer-run, registered non-profit that aims to help Black youth and first-generation students realize their academic potential through creating engaging, restorative and Afrocentric educational programming and providing annual scholarships for graduating students.

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UpstartED Inc.
UpstartED is a Canadian non-profit 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.

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is a charitable organization with the mandate to support full access to education and employment for post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities across Canada.