Ever hear of an idea that was so cool and innovative, it made you sit up and think, ‘hey, that’s smart.’?
Maybe you, or someone you know, has an idea for a new way to help kids. Something novel that is creative, original and resourceful—and that will affect many children and their ability to learn, or to be successful, or just to be happy, healthy kids. After all, as moms, we are the experts on kids and the special ways they learn, grow, and develop.
If you’ve got an idea, the Canadian Scholarship Trust wants to know. Because they want to help make your idea a reality, and they’ve got the resources and the money—to the tune of $250,000 to be exact—to make it happen.
Every year the CST challenges individuals, communities, and organizations across Canada to come up with innovative ideas that support the growth and development of kids from infancy up to 17 years of age. It’s called The Learning Project, and projects both big and small are welcome, with a total of 30 prizes to be won.
What qualifies as a good idea?
That’s up to you, and other parents, teachers, community members...anyone who votes! The field of submissions is narrowed first by voting, and then the top 20 ideas will advance to the final round to be judged by an impressive panel: everyone’s favourite singing spaceman, the one and only Col. Chris Hadfield; Olympic skeleton champion and host of The Amazing Race Canada, Jon Montgomery; and TV personality and anchor of CTV’s eTALK, Ben Mulroney.
Don’t have an idea, but love the idea of movers and shakers in your community getting the funding they need to get an awesome idea off the ground? One word: vote! Your peers need votes to advance to the next round and get their ideas seen by the judges, so spread the word any way you can. Use your social networking sites, email, posters, and word of mouth…whatever you can.
Support & share your favourite ideas
Ideas must be registered by April 29 (but try and take advantage of their Early Bird draw and submit by April 15!) and then rally your friends and family to vote for your idea online every day from May 2-16. You can find all the details at learningproject.cst.org.
If you’re passionate about a new way to help kids, this is your shot.