Youth Programs

These UBC-affiliated programs engage Indigenous youth in various ways and support their interest in eventually pursuing higher education.

Bridge Through Sport Program

Bridge Through Sport is a partnership between UBC and the Musqueam Indian Band offering a range of programs, including a yearly soccer tournament.

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Cedar Summer Camp

Every year, CEDAR Summer camp provides an opportunity for 45 local Aboriginal youth between the ages of 8-12 to explore UBC campus through fun and interactive programming.

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Geering up Science and Engineering Program

UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach is a non-profit organization with the mandate of promoting science, engineering, and technology to youth across British Columbia. Affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Geering Up is designed, organized and operated by UBC students.

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In partnership with UBC’s School of Biomechanical Engineering, ICORD’s summer program offers opportunities and mentorship to Indigenous high school students (grades 10 to 12) interested in scientific research. Students are engaged in research projects with the goal of inspiring them to purse post-secondary studies in the sciences, ideally in neuroscience or biomedical engineering.

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Mathematics Department Outreach

UBC Mathematics Department undertakes initiatives designed to enhance mathematics education for Aboriginal students in BC, and particularly in the Metro Vancouver area.

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Native Youth Program

The Museum of Anthropology’s Native Youth Program, established in 1979, is a summer program for urban Indigenous youth, ages 15 to 18, currently enrolled in secondary school. It provides summer employment and training to six urban Indigenous high school students and two UBC students as program manager and research assistant.

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Physics & Astronomy Outreach Program

The UBC Physics & Astronomy Outreach Program offers a wide range of activities, from summer camps, science competitions, to teacher workshops and public lectures.
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Summer Science Program

The UBC Summer Science Program, a one-week cultural, health and science program for Indigenous students in grades 8-11, promotes interest in health and science programs through firsthand experience at the University.

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Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation Program

The Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program addresses the under-representation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students at Canadian universities by offering scholarships to Indigenous grade 11 students to spend a week at a university, including UBC, interacting with university professors and graduate students and conducting research in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

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Youth Stories

Indigenous high school students get inspired at UBC

This past May, the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program and UBC hosted 31 Indigenous high school students, where they immersed themselves into campus life, including enjoying quality time in science and engineering labs doing hands-on research. In addition to being mentored by professors and graduate-level students, the grade 11 and 12 students […]

Musqueam-UBC program promotes youth well-being

July 12, 2017 – The following Q & A was conducted with the First Nations House of Learning’s Ryanne James, coordinator of the Bridge Through Sport program, a Musqueam-UBC initiative that combines recreational sports and educational activities for the benefit of Musqueam youth. Please share something about yourself in relation to your work with Bridge […]