A record 801 youth from across Canada will be attending SHAD, including St. Anthony’s grade 11 student Fatima Rehan.
Attendees are immersed in an intense one month program focused on ‘STEAM’: science, technology, engineering, arts and math to help these students see and reach their full potential.
Come July 2, Rehan will be flying to Waterloo, Ontario for a month of learning and experimentation.
“I’m looking forward to it, I’m quite excited,” said Rehan.
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.
“They teach you stuff about economics and you live on campus,” said Rehan. “There is a lot of guest speakers and you’ll be meeting professors and new people. It’s also very focused on diversity.” SHAD President and CEO Tim Jackson says SHAD 2017 students are in for the summer of their lives.
“Past students rave about the program and how it transforms them,” said Jackson. “That’s why we’re trying to ensure SHAD is known and available to every eligible student across the country.”
SHAD also offers bursaries to students with financial need and recently announced a partnership with Pathways to Education to help students from more marginalized communities attend the program. In order for a student to enter the prestigious program, you must first apply.
“They look at your classes and your grades but they also focus on your volunteer work and those things, and on your personality as in you do sports and extracurricular activities – it’s a little bit of everything to get accepted,” said Rehan.
Students are presented with a theme or social problem every summer which they learn at the beginning of the program. They have to devise an original product or service that addresses this real world, complex issue. In the process, they are taught how to build a business plan, marketing plan and working prototype and come away with an entrepreneurial mindset.
Rehan was picked based on her valiant efforts in the community, specifically her school as a student council member, helping with Habitat for Humanity, and volunteering at the library. One of the most notable actions being her idea of having a multicultural day at school.
“Well I do a lot of volunteer work and I’m really active in my school and my community and I’m just very interested in it,” said Rehan.
Rehan is ecstatic to be attending the summer program and is proud to represent the valley in Ontario.
“I’m very excited to go and represent our town and show people what we are about,” said Rehan.