For students in Grades 9-12

Resilience 2021 is an all-day conference held for high-school-aged Nova Scotians with disabilities that aims to teach them important leadership and life skills. This year, the conference will be held online via zoom on Saturday, April 24th, from 9 am to 7 pm. 

The conference will host three accomplished keynote speakers with a range of disability representation among them. It will also showcase many different How-To session leaders, including representatives from Heart Sparks Music Therapy, the Nova Scotia Special Olympics, Club Inclusion, and more.

Non-disabled youth are also encouraged to register, as our conference provides an excellent opportunity for all to gain perspective and learn about inclusivity.

Students can either come as delegates or volunteer to be Delegate Buddies. Each delegate is paired with a Delegate Buddy who will make the delegate feel welcome and help them perform and understand conference tasks if needed.

The forms to register for this free conference are available at www.nsssa.ca/services/, or by going to www.nsssa.ca, and clicking on our 'Conferences and Events' tab. The due date to register is April 9th.






RECA PEER TUTORING PROGRAM: Looking for a tutor who knows exactly what you're going through? Or, want to become a tutor and share your knowledge with your peers? RECA's in-school tutoring program can help! Please see Ms. Denise Chiasson in Guidance Centre to see if there are any avaiable peer tutors, or let the Guidance Office know that you are in need of/want to become a tutor and be in charge of your education!


My name is Amanda Ring and I am one of the Project Coordinator’s for the Clean Foundation’s Clean Leadership Summer Internship Program (formerly the Youth Corps [NSYCC]). This year, we are hiring 55 interns (aged 15-30) for paid summer internships across the province. The postings for the 9-week positions which may interest your students are now available on our website: http://clean.ns.ca/employment/

There are lots of great opportunities this year in a variety of environmental sectors, including: watershed restoration, environmental education, forestry, waste, and energy. Successful candidates will also be invited to attend a two-day professional development workshop in May.

If you would be so kind as to share the news of our internship postings through your various channels (email, social media, etc.), to both faculty and students, it would be much appreciated! Alternatively, if you could direct me to the best person to contact regarding sharing these opportunities with your student community, I would be very grateful.

If anyone is interested in applying, there is a link to the full application on our website. Students can apply for up to 3 positions and will need to upload a resume, cover letter, and letter of reference when they submit their application. The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 25th at midnight (AST). All applications are due by this date – there will be no further Clean Leadership postings later in the spring.


SEE CHANGE: TIDES OF ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING - A dynamic leadership program for Mi’kmaw high school youth at the national environmental learning conference at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

The Mi’kmaw Conservation Group is offering all expense paid scholarships for this three day conference to students interested in learning about environment and sustainability and indegenous education. It will include…

  • Special experiences learning about and in the natural world
  • Meeting and getting to know like-minded youth from across the country
  • Exploring the world of environmental science and technology
  • Music, spoken word, singing, storytelling drumming and dance
  • Hands-on leadership opportunities

If you are interested, please contact your teacher or principal.

You can learn about the conference at:



RCMP Depot Youth Camp - Train like a Recruit - Application Package

March 2, 2020



BEA/Dalhousie MATH CAMP 2020 ~ Attention ~ Parents, Teachers, Grade 7/8 Students Given that very few students from our local Black Community are qualifying to study math or science at the university level, and given the severe loss this represents to our province. Dalhousie University and the Black Educators Association have teamed up to develop an exciting program. A seven-day math/science camp will be held from July 26 to July 31, 2020, at Dalhousie University. All eligible students of African descent are encouraged to apply.


STFX University Summer 'Writing for Academic Purposes' Prep - July 17 to Aug 25 Online: This course offers practical strategies for improving skills in academic essay writing. Students will be guided through each stage of writing a short essay on a subject relevant to the contemporary social context. Lessons cover such topics as writing annotated notes and avoiding plagiarism, formulating a thesis statement and constructing a solid outline, as well as proofreading and revising drafts. Students will learn how to correct common errors in grammar, spelling and vocabulary, and how to compose effective introductory and concluding paragraphs. Lessons will be reinforced through interactive activities, group engagement and instructor feedback. Ultimately, students will learn the significance of reading like a writer. To read like a writer is to engage an academic text not only to understand its content but also to observe its structure and style. In this way, students will come away from the course with knowledge of the fundaments of writing an essay and the ability to continue to improve their academic writing skills. Pick up an application in the RECA Guidance Office or go to http://sites.stfx.ca/continuingeducation/non-credit



STFX University Summer Math Prep: There is a non-credit University Math Preparation course offered through STFX Continuing and Distance Education. It may be of interest to senior high school students planning on attending university next year. This course is designed to assist university students who have difficulty with university level mathematics, particularly Calculus. The course is delivered on-line and should be convenient for most individual’s schedules. It will be ideal for students planning on taking calculus but feel they would benefit from additional preparation. Saint Francis Xavier University recognizes this course as satisfying its Pre-Cal pre-requisite. Pick up an application in the RECA Guidance Office or go to http://sites.stfx.ca/continuingeducation/non-credit



Imhotep’s Legacy Academy’s FREE Science & Math Tutoring for Gr. 10-12 African Nova Scotian Students

This is both an online service (provincial) and person to person service (Halifax only) available immediately to students up to seven days per week. Here is a chance for students to get the kind of personal, dedicated assistance they need from trained university mentors and conquer the math and science subjects they are struggling with.
It is never too late to start!

See flyer attached below for more info.


PLANS Summer Programming: We have expanded and will be offering 4 camps this summer.  These are open to student of African descent across the province.  All opportunities will have participants living in residence and they can apply for more than one! I have attached the posters for you to share – application forms can be found at dal.ca/health/plans

PLANS Summer Programming 2017:

PLANS Prep Institute July 4-7 at Dalhousie University (Halifax): applications due May 8th, 2017

African NS Health Science Summer Camp: applications due May 15th, 2017

July 9-14 at Dalhousie University (Halifax)

July 18-21 at Cape Breton University/NSCC-Marconi (Sydney)

July 23-26 at St. FX University (Antigonish)



(various deadlines)

ACADIA SUMMER MUSIC ACADEMIES: Each summer, students pursue their passion for music at Acadia, by participating in the Concert Band program and the Strings Festival. These are musicians of all ages and skill levels. Register and find more information at http://music.openacadia.ca

AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN HEALTH SCIENCES SUMMER CAMP 2017: Promoting Leadership in health for African Nova Scotians (PLANS) at Dalhousie is accepting applications from students (grade 8-11) across the province who are interested in a health career to apply for this unique opportunity. The purpose of this camp is to increase interest in the health professions and introduce youth to a variety of fun, hands-on activities and interactive programming. The camp will also consist of cultural and recreational activities such as African drumming, swimming, and other outdoor activities. Accommodations and food are provided. Available camp sites are DAL (July9-14), CBU (July18-21), or STFX (July23-26). Applications available in guidance or at http://www.dal.ca/health/plans

DEADLINE: May 31, 2017

Atlantic Veterinary College Summer Academy - For Future Veterinarians! The Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island offers an annual AVC Summer Academy, dates for 2016-17 TBD. The Academy is an academically-based program for students interested in learning more about a veterinary medicine education.  It features classroom lectures, field trips and hands-on sessions taught by world-class faculty and staff, providing a "big picture" view of a veterinary school.
For more information and to apply, please visit http://avc.upei.ca/vetcamp


CAMP BRIGADOON: Did you know that a camp exists in Nova Scotia for children and youth who have chronic illness, condition or special need? Brigadoon Village is a new $8.5 million facility located on Aylesford Lake in the Annapolis valley and serves children and families from across Atlantic Canada. They offer year round programming for children, families and user groups such as schools and businesses that includes recreational and arts programming and leadership development. Brigadoon Village offers 9 weeks of summer programming for campers who have:

  • Visual Impairments (in cooperation with APSEA)
  • Congenital Heart Defect
  • Juvenile Arthritis (in cooperation with the Arthritis Society)
  • Lost a loved one (Bereavement Camp)
  • Asthma (in cooperation with the Lung Association)
  • Kidney Disease (in cooperation with the Kidney Foundation)Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Cancer (in cooperation with the Canadian Cancer Society –Nova Scotia Division)
  • Celiac Disease
  • Epilepsy

Many of these programs are unique, not only in the Maritimes but in in all of Canada and provide needed respite to families. If you know of a child who is affected by any of the above, please feel free to direct them to learn more about Brigadoon’s programs at www.brigadoonvillage.org. Camp Fees are structured on a voluntary tiered payment system so that families contribute only what they feel they can afford toward the camp stay, with some of our programs having full sponsorship through our partner organizations. No child is turned away from Brigadoon because of family financial limitations.

CHINA NOW! - WONDERFUL CULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Study one semester of Nova Scotia High School Curriculum in Suzhou, China. Earn your credits in an authentic Chinese culture experience. Soochow University High School is one of the top tier high schools in Suzhou. The credits that students obtain there can be transferred to our own credit system once they return to Nova Scotia. Homestays are carefully selected for each NS student; full board is provided. Total cost per semester is approximately $6000 (includes return airfare). See guidance for more information if interested.

DAL GoEngGirl: This event is a day for high school students to discover Engineering as a potential future career as well as check out Dalhousie University. The day's activities will include: meet and greet games, a hands on introduction to the various engineering disciplines and a design competition (including prizes!). There is also a full day planned for all interested parents which will include information on the Cooperative Education program, student life at Dalhousie, the various engineering disciplines and Engineering as a potential career for your daughter! This event is free and lunch will be provided! Parking will be made available on Sexton Campus which is located on the corner of  Spring Garden Rd and Barrington St. Parking will be accessible via the Morris St entrance. The event is open to young women in grades 9 - 12. Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/go-eng-girl-2016-tickets-19117241183


DAL Engineering Design Program for Girls: Dalhousie University is offering an intensive two week engineering design program this summer for girls entering grades 11 and 12 who may be thinking about engineering. The girls will get to experience engineering in a hands-on environment while working on four different engineering design projects, including one for a local non-profit organization. The young women will improve their teamwork, communication, presentation, leadership, and computer skills, and may earn advance credit if they come to Dalhousie for Engineering. The program will be held sometime in July from 8:30am - 5:00pm each day. Get more information and the application from the website, or email us with any questions, design@dal.ca.

ENCOUNTERS WITH CANADA: Want to visit our nation's capital, to learn about your future career path in whatever pathway you choose, for less than $600, flights and accommodations included? This is our country's largest and foremost youth forum! There is a specialized focus for each week of the school year, and it is held in Ottawa, Ontario. To apply for this amazing opportunity that will open your eyes to new career experiences and opportunities, see Mrs. MacMillan for your access code to apply online today!

'EXPLORE' FIVE-WEEK FRENCH-LANGUAGE BURSARY PROGRAM: Discover another region of Canada while learning French. Enjoy 5 weeks of learning, adventure, friendship, and discovery during this intensive language-immersion course, adapted to your level. Spring or summer courses available. Most expenses are covered. Live the Canadian Experience! Visit  http://www.myexplore.ca for more information. Brochures are available in guidance.

FORUM FOR YOUNG CANADIANS: Canada's premier civics education program for students aged 15-19 years old. Forum brings students to Ottawa for a week of intensive academic adventure immersing them in the exciting world of national politics and public affairs. Please see guidance for an application or visit www.forum.ca

KATIMAVIK: Ready to make a difference?  Are you between 17 and 21?

  • Not sure what your next step is?
  • Can't decide where to go to college or university or what you should major in?
  • You want to take a "useful" break from the usual routine: discover yourself, your path, your country.
  • Looking for that competitive edge - something that will stand out on your resumé and application forms?
  • Want to get off the beaten path, do something different and take the road less travelled?
  • Want to make a difference and do something for the environment?
  • Would like a chance to see the Atlantic, the Rocky Mountains or to live in a French-speaking community?
  • Want to meet new people from across the country and make new friends?
  • Need a change, need a challenge?

If you can relate to any of these questions, then start thinking about it now! While you're doing homework, studying for finals, filling out college and university application forms, keep in mind there's more out there. Katimavik can help you get a head start and set you off on a new path.

Katimavik is Canada’s leading volunteer service organization for youth 17-21 years old. By taking part in one of their intensive volunteer service and learning programs, you will help change Canadian communities and be the difference. For six months, you will live with 10 other youth in one or two communities across Canada. Explore the country, build your future, and make a real difference! See Mrs. MacMillan for more info and apply online at http://www.katimavik.org/programs/youth

INDIGENOUS HEALTH SCIENCES SUMMER CAMPS 2017: Looking for Indigenous youth (grades 8-11) interested in having fun and learning about health careers! The Dalhousie Faculty of Medicines Indigenous Health Program in partnership with The Johnson Scholarship Foundation, and The Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs (APC) will be hosting two Health Science Summer Camps for Indigenous students this summer. The camps will be located at Cape Breton University, July 18-21, and STFX, July 23-26. As a participant of this program, students will be exposed to a variety of health care professions and training programs through interactive, hands-on programming. Applications are available in guidance or at http://medicine.dal.ca/departments/core-units/global-health/diversity/indigenous-health.htm


KEDOOOPSE SUMMER BEREAVEMENT CAMP:Kedooopse a summer camp held at Brigadoon Village. The camp is for youth 8-17 years old who have experienced the death of a loved one (family member or friend). Campers get to participate in a wide variety of games, art and theater projects, outdoor recreation, swimming, music, stargazing, campfires and much more! What makes the camp unique is the peer support groups built into the schedule. These groups are facilitated by a certified child life specialists, bereavement coordinators, or psychologists. Please see guidance if you are interested in this therapeutic opportunity.

NEXTGEN UP & COMER'S: This Cape Breton Partnership believes that the youth of our region are truly one of our most valuable resources. That is why the Partnership is pleased to introduce the NextGen Up & Comer’s initiative, which profiles high school students in the Cape Breton Victoria School Board, the Strait Regional School Board, the Eskasoni First Nations School Board, and the Potlotek School Board who are making a difference in their community. The goal of this initiative is to showcase young leaders and talent in the community, combat negative attitude towards Cape Breton, and retain and attract people to the region. The areas in which the students excel can be academics, athletics, volunteerism, student leadership, and young entrepreneurship, etc. The youth who are profiled will be featured in the Partnership’s NextGen Newsletter; a bi-weekly newsletter revealing Cape Breton’s next generation of talent and success stories.

If you are a student that fits the Up & Comer qualifications, they would love to hear from you!

Students can contact Emma Menchefski at, e.menchefski@gmail.com

THE NOVA SCOTIA SEA SCHOOL: Sailing camps and group programs will help you get the most out of life this summer! Live aboard a 30' traditional wooden sailboat and explore the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia's South Shore. There are various expeditions, randing from team building days to a 7 day coastal expedition. These programs are also eligible for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. There is also bursary support to participants. Register now at seaschool.org / 902-423-7284 / info@seaschool.org. See guidance for more information and a brochure.

NSSSA: The Nova Scotia Secondary School Students’ Association (NSSSA) is a non-profit, student-led leadership organization that produces energetic leadership conferences and opportunities for all high school students in Nova Scotia. There are various events throughout the school year. These events will include lots of opportunities for students to meet new people, take part in sessions that will develop their teamwork and personal leadership skills, and build confidence and self-esteem. This years 26th annual provincial conference is at St Francis Xavier University from May 18th - 21st, and students (grades 9-12) can attend. The conference is an incredible opportunity for students to build upon leadership and interpersonal skills, as well as network with students from across the province. It looks great on a resume and on scholarship/university applications. Students and student advisors can register online at http://www.nsssa.ca/provincialconference2017/


NOVA SCOTIA/NUNAVUT COMMAND 2017 LEGION LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP: This is a 10 day program offered to Gr. 10 and 11 students since 1964, which provides a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills and make a difference in their schools and communities. For more information and a copy of the application, visit http://www.ns.legion.ca. Copies also available in guidance.


PLANS PREP INSTITUTE: Post-secondary preparation summer program for African Nova Scotians. Open to Grade 10-12. Looking for youth who are planning for college or university to develop skills to help them succeed in high school and beyond. Dates are July 4-9 at Dalhousie University. For more info go to http://www.dal.ca/health/plans

DEADLINE: May 8, 2017

PROJECTS ABROAD: Provides students with the opportunity to live and work in developing countries in a way that is both convenient and safe for the students and also positive for the countries themselves. Projects Abroad sends volunteers ages 16 and up to 27 countries to do over 150 unpaid internships and service projects. Student volunteers can go for as little as 2 weeks and up to a year. This opportunity give the students meaningful work, overseas support, and a flexible timeline. Visit www.projects-abroad.ca to learn more information and to apply.

ROSS CREEK JOB OPPORTUNITIES (for youth 14-17): The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts in Canning has a great learning/resume building opportunity coming up, our Free Counselor-In-Training Program for students 14-17 years of age. This opportunity is open and encouraged for all students, we would be happy to provide any additional support we can to any keen, mature youth interested in participating. The program has proven to be of great benefit to students, socially, in building leadership skills and learning a new, or perfecting a current, interest in art. Here is a link to the CiT description on our website. http://www.artscentre.ca/youthleaders.html

SHAD VALLEY: Shad Valley is a four week summer enrichment program. Students spend a month living in residence at one of our host university campuses across Canada. The program is offered to students currently completing grade 10, 11 or 12, Quebec secondaire IV, V or CEGEP I, or the international equivalent. With workshops and lectures that focus on the sciences, engineering, technology and entrepreneurship, the program provides an academically stimulating, mind expanding adventure for top well-rounded students. Students will also enjoy team-building exercises, recreational activities and the opportunity to explore local attractions. For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.shad.ca 

University of Toronto YOUTH SUMMER PROGRAMS (Law & Medicine): A summer program for high school students who wish to experience what it is like to be a student at Canada`s top Medical and Law Schools. Students will have hands-on access to the academic and research professionals and programming in the same top-notch facilities our undergraduate and graduate students currently enjoy. Glimpxse into the world of medicine and medical research or be introduced to the legal system and a cariety of legal concepts. These summer camps are held in July and August in downtown Toronto and range in length from one to six weeks. For more information, visit http://www.ysp.utoronto.ca

NSSSA Special Needs Request Form

NSSSA Student Application

NSSSA Skillbuilding Form

Imhotep Math Science Tutoring

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