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Youth in Policing

The Youth In Policing Initiative, run in collaboration with the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, is an eight-week summer employment opportunity for youth ages 15-18, residing in Durham Region. Throughout the eight weeks, youth will interact with, and learn about, the many aspects of policing, have the opportunity to serve their community, and learn about leadership and teamwork. Students may be eligible to receive two high school credits for their participation in the program, and many other certifications are possible through the program. 

Visit the DRPS website for more information and program application.

The mission of ChatterHigh is to get students talking about their future and researching career pathways.  The activity involves a daily, online 10 question quiz where students access websites to gain answers to questions.  The act of searching for the answer allows students to discover information on careers, institutions, finance and graduation transition information.  The points students earn can be used to win prizes such as gift cards, tablets, and you can also donate points to Free The Children.     


1.  Go to

2.  Sign-up to create a Student account.  You will receive an email confirmation to verify your email address.

3.  Select "My Classes", then select your appropriate grade.

4.  Start earning points by taking the quiz each day.  Remember if you select the RESEARCH button you are able to earn more points.  

​Grade 9 Take a Student to Work

Take Our Kids to WorkTM is an annual program in which Grade 9 (or equivalent) students are hosted by parents, friends, relatives and volunteers at workplaces across the country every November. The program supports career development by helping students connect school, the world of work, and their own futures. Employers who register for this program are eligible to apply for the Canada's Outstanding Employers Award. Take Our Kids to Work™ is our signature program which began in 1994 in the Greater Toronto area. Today, students across Canada, from Nunavut to Newfoundland participate in the program.
On the first Wednesday of every November, Grade 9 students spend the day in the workplace of a parent, relative, friend or volunteer experiencing and learning about the world of work as they begin to explore possible career paths.

Research suggests that today’s students will have multiple careers over the span of their working years. To be successful, they will need to master both new technologies and complex social and organizational systems. Learning in school becomes more effective and relevant if students can see where their education might lead them in the future. Spending a ‘day in the life’ of a profession or workplace is a fun and fascinating way to explore the world of work, think about career options, and make informed educational decisions.Parents can visit The Learning Partnership for more information on the program as well as to print off the Parent/Guardian Consent Form.

Encounters with Canada

​Spend one week in Ottawa with teenagers from across the country participating in workshops, hands-on activities and excursions.  Each week has its own theme.  To read more about this exciting opportunity view the website  "Encounters with Canada".  Interested students should visit Student Services to enquire about reduced cost weeks as well as bursary opportunities.

Shad Valley

SHAD is a registered Canadian charity that empowers exceptional high school students – at a pivotal point in their education – to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers. Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 600+ students from across Canada and internationally to attend a month-long summer program, in-residence at one of our Canadian host universities, focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering & math). There are currently more than 14,800 SHAD alumni including 30 Rhodes Scholars, Top 40 Under 40 & Top 20 Under 20 award recipients, and many other accomplished professionals, all sharing the transformational SHAD experience and able to leverage their SHAD network for life. Founded in 1980, SHAD is based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  Visit for more information.

Rotary Youth Exchange Information Meeting

Are you interested in learning a new language or meeting new people? Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing your own culture and embracing a new one, you help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about yourself and your home country in the process. Visit Rotary Youth Exchanges for more information.


Huntsman Marine Science Centre

The mission of the Huntsman Education Department is to help foster the "active stewardship" of our oceans and educate students about their critical role in this global mission. Their courses are a great way to get a comprehensive, hands-on education in marine biology and aquatic sciences. They're the perfect compliment to a high school curriculum and a science-based university degree.

Visit their Summer Programs page for more information.