Students in Grades 7-12 studying at Canadian schools are invited to enter the FOCUS! Student Climate Changemakers competition. Changemaking activities can be in any one of three domains: environmental action, inspiring change, and social technology development. We have provided a few examples to suggest differences between the categories but the possibilities are nearly endless. We encourage you to use your creativity, ingenuity, and passion to devise and drive your own changemaking activity. The categories are more specifically defined as follows:
Students entering under the “Environmental Action” or “Inspiring Change” categories are required to submit a video (max 5 minutes) or photo series (minimum 10 photos) that tells the story of their amazing changemaking activity. Whether you choose to visually document your project by video or by photo series, a written description explaining the project and its results/outcomes/impacts needs also to be submitted (maximum 10 pages, see below). Social Technology Development projects need to submit a copy of their creation, a single photo of their creation and the written description.
Once you have decided on your Climate Changemaking activity you need to do the following:
There are a few rules for entering the contest.
Click here to find out the specific guidelines and rules to enter.
There are four essential criteria that will be used to evaluate the Changemaker Projects submitted to the FOCUS! Student Climate Changemakers competition:
Judging will occur in two stages:
The Board retains final decision-making authority and all decisions are final. The Board also reserves the right to limit the number of prizes or to not make an award if the quality of submissions is deemed insufficient to merit recognition.
We are thrilled you are interested in engaging in a Changemaker Activity. The key to a successful changemaking activity is to (i) follow your passion, (ii) set reasonable expectations and limits on what you can accomplish, (iii) consider creating a team to learn together, and (iv) check out some of the amazing examples of other youth changemaking activities below.
Students Enrolled in Grade 7 – Grade 12 at Canadian Schools
FOCUS! Student Climate Changemakers Competition: Students enrolled in Grade 7-12 at a Canadian school are eligible to enter either as an individual or group submission. Group submissions may be made by collectives of between 2 and 5 students, but prize money must be shared evenly among the team members.
There are great prizes to be won.
Prizes will be awarded to the best changemaking project that meets all four essential criteria (overall creativity, extent of impact, quality and delivery of message, and clarity of project in visual and written submission) in each of the following three categories as follows:
* The prize given to the school of each winning team/individual must be used towards art, sciences, climate change initiatives or teaching equipment, or for library acquisitions.
All materials must be submitted through the FOCUS! Student Climate Changemakers portal on the Kimberley Foundation website. We have extended the deadline for submissions to May 15, 2020 (11:59pm PST) in response to the COVID 19 virus and containment approaches that have seen some schools closed for extended spring break periods.
All materials submitted (written description + video or photo series) must be produced in either English or French.