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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
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The YMCA is here to support your entrepreneurship goals!

Youth Mean Business is a free, 12-week online program for those ages 15 to 29 who want to launch their own business. Participants will benefit from workshops on business planning and execution, one-on-one coaching, guest speakers, financial support for business start-up, and much more!

Now accepting applications for our free online program that begins JUNE 14, 2021.​

Spots are limited so sign up for an information session today!

YOUTH MEAN BUSINESS will give you the skills and guidance to start your own business as an entrepreneur. As a participant, you will gain knowledge, strategies, and individual and group support as you step forward towards your entrepreneurial dreams.


  • 12-week interactive online sessions
  • One-on-one support with a dedicated Business Advisor
  • Assistance in creating your own business plan
  • Marketing and Sales Tips
  • Guest Speakers
  • Options for financial support


  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Living in BC; specifically, Lower mainland and Sea to Sky region
  • Unemployed or Precariously Employed (less than 20 hours per week)
  • Between the ages of 15 and 29

Info sessions are held on:


​Asse International Student Exchange Programs offers students the opportunity to study abroad.

Participating in an exchange program gives students more than just knowledge about another country and its language and culture.  Time spent living abroad teaches you about building friendships, taking responsibility for themselves, respecting differences and tolerating the beliefs of others.

For more information:


​This government-funded, national program offers opportunities for youth (aged 16 and 17) to improve their second official language skills, explore another part of Canada, and gain valuable work experience through a 4-week exchange to Québec during the summer.

When taking part in the SWSE program, students live with a host family in Québec and are paid the provincial minimum wage to work full-time at a non-profit organization or public sector job such as a summer camp, childcare centre, community museum, etc. During weekends, students participate in a variety of group activities that allow them to get to know the culture, arts, history, and recreation opportunities of their new community. SWSE is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and is offered at minimal cost ($125) to participants; this includes transportation to and from Québec, as well as all program activities. This is an excellent and low-cost opportunity for youth to enhance their French skills through immersion. Further information can be found on our website:


Earn credit with Entrepreneurship 12 for the 2021-2022 school year with YELL Coquitlam. 

YELL Entrepreneurship 12, October 2021 to May 2022: This is a fantastic blended/online COL offering. Coquitlam students have won the YELL finals for 2 years running, and have a shot to win again in the upcoming finals. Please share the links with students you think will shine in a Dragon's Den style competition, pitching student created business ideas to business leaders in the Lower Mainland.


YELL Entrepreneurship 12, October 2021 to May 2022
Apply here:
– Video about last year's winners:

​We are looking for motivated, mature, and collaborative individuals who are able to commit to once a week class beginning in October and ending in late May or early June with the YELL Venture Challenge.


Upcoming STEM workshops & events

STEM Speaker Series: Computer Science

Date: May 29, 2021 (Saturday)

Time: 1:00-2:00 pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Grade: 9-12

Sign up link:

SFU Invent the Future

Date: July 19-30, 2021 (Weekdays only)

Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (PST)

Grade: 10-11 students who identify as female/non-binary

Delivery: Online with remote support

Program fee: $500 (Financial bursary available)


Website: (also see 2020 program booklet attached)

Application deadline: Sunday, May 16, 2021 5:00 pm (PST)

Application link: 


SFU Invent the Future: Info session

To learn more about the program, you can attend our info session. If you're an educator and wish to attend this info session, please contact Eva at

Date: May 13, 2021 (Thursday)

Time: 5-6 pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Sign up link: 

Need help with submitting your application? Sign up to attend a help session. See details below.

Date: May 14, 2021 (Friday)

Time: 5-6:30 pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Sign up link: 



Exploring the Gaming Industry: A Panel Discussion THURS APRIL 8th, 4:00-6:00 PM

Interested in hearing about some of the different career paths to making video games? Get the inside scoop from team members at Relic Entertainment, a Vancouver gaming company.


Time Management, Boundaries & Communication WED APRIL 28th, 5:30-7:30 PM

In this workshop, we will challenge traditional approaches to Time Management and shift towards prioritizing our values by building in self care practices, such as boundaries setting and communication skills


Youth Leadership Summit July 23rd & July 24th

A two-day online summit event to equip mentees of the YWCA Mentorship Programs with the knowledge and skills to take on leadership and mentorship roles and be change-makers in their careers and communities.


Find Your Way to Confidence with YWCA and How Real Life Works

Past event - Stream Recording 

Thank you for everyone who joined the Find Your Way to Confidence Live Stream event, we've had a blast! If you've missed the event or couldn't stay until the end, don't worry check out the event recording on How Real Life Works channel. After you've watched the video, don't forget to try out the confidence boost plan. We are excited to see your progress.​


​2°C MAX Climate Rap Contest is a contest made for Canadian students aged 12-19. Registration for the contest opens on June 5th World Environment Day. Curated by EcoNova, this is the ultimate Covid-friendly summer experience that's got fun and learning rolled into one. Whether it's learning about climate science, or how to write a killer rap verse, we've got the participants covered. Over the summer months, participants can expect:

●      Two months of events and workshops (see attachment)

●      A chance to win amazing prizes including a professional recording session of their song

●      Online resources ranging from climate change facts to rap library

●      To learn how to develop a rap song

●      To learn how to write a climate story 

●      To learn how to do video and sound editing

●      And lots more!


And the best part is... it's FREE to join.


1.     We invite you to learn more about the contest by checking out our website and social media at the links below:


2.     We encourage you to share our sign up link:




The Summer STEM Institute (SSI) was founded with the mission of making research and mentorship accessible to high school students. The program was initially started by a team of graduates, students, and educators from Stanford, Harvard, MIT, and other leading universities.

The program believes that conducting research in high school is an incredibly valuable and rewarding educational experience. By wrangling through unstructured and creative tasks in the scientific method and learning how to present and communicate findings, students develop invaluable technical and communication skills that will serve them throughout their careers in any field. It is no coincidence that those that excel in high school research go on to achieve much in college and beyond. The mission of SSI is to make this learning experience accessible to talented students around the world.

For more information:  About (


Calling all newcomer youth (ages 15-30) to join our 8 month free program to learn and enhance skills as a leader.

Interested in learning more? 
Please reply to this email if you would like to attend an information session on one of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 27th (6-7pm)
  • Thursday, April 29th (5-6pm)
  • Tuesday, May 4th (5-6pm)
  • Friday, May 7th (5-6)

Ready to register?

  • You can go online and submit a registration form and our staff will contact you to schedule an individual interview.   Please find the registration form HERE


Find us online! 

  • YLM Website: HERE
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Website: HERE ​

For all the information please see the following:

YLM Information Package 2021.pdf

YLM 2021 Flyer.pdf


​Leading Learners is taking in student ambassadors for our new school year, on a roll-in basis. This is an opportunity available for students in high school and post-secondary to meet and engage with students on the national level. Each week, ambassadors are given a question to reflect upon their leadership and learning skills. As an example, 'what are three personal skills you believe you are strong in?' Through supervised chat-based messaging, Student Ambassadors are able to view responses from other students across Canada and gain insight on how they can build their leadership skills. By engaging students at Leading Learners, we bring new energy into our mission-based work while developing future leaders of your communities.

For additional details and the application page, click here. Or visit'

To date, our impact is to over 100,000 Canadian students, and we are looking forward to accepting students into our program throughout your school as well. To get to know our full story and values at Leading Learners, visit our about page at, or our website,



After participating in Technovation Girls ....

Students express a greater interest in technology and leadership after participating in our program, and 58% of our alumni enroll in more computer science courses after Technovation.

That's not all – alumni go on to start their own businesses, present at prestigious eventsmeet world leaders, and even return to support the next cohorts of Technovation Girls. 

Technovation Girls is just the beginning.

Technovation Girls: Technology and Entrepreneurship for Girls (


École Riverside Secondary School

2215 Reeve Street, Port Coquitlam BC
V3C 6K8
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