Fuse Brampton is a program that supports youth-led innovation in the city. After months of planning, young people from across Brampton presented their ideas for social good to the community at Fuse Celebrates on Apr. 16. 4Corners itself is supported by Fuse, so we can’t exactly put ourselves on this list, but here are some of the other innovative ideas to watch out for:
Project Bridge Ageism Now (BAN)
For the last two months, a group of 12 students from John Fraser Secondary School have been spending two hours every Monday interacting with the residents of Erin Meadows, a retirement village in Mississauga. The purpose of the project is to combat ageism by fostering relationships between the old and the young. Project BAN won the Young Social Innovators Canada Award and has hopes to spread to other schools and potentially see students visiting geriatrics wards in hospitals.
There’s nothing like an international exchange program to completely immerse yourself in a new culture. But in a diverse city like Brampton, you don’t have to travel too far to do the same. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Chris-Beth Comie knows all about culture shock, having moved to Canada when she was 13. It’s what inspired her local exchange project, where participants from different cultures swap homes to learn more about one another, all within the city limits. It’s a way for different races to understand each other, right here at home.
When 16-year-old Youssef Eid travelled to Aruba for a family vacation, he was struck by the poverty in the popular tourist destination. On his flight home, the plane hit severe turbulence and fell through the sky for 10 seconds. In that moment, Youssef realized he needed to something more with with his life when he got home. Out of his desire to give back, Phil Anth was born. Phil Anth is a humanitarian clothing brand that donates 99 per cent of it’s sales to empower people in developing countries. Proceeds will be directed into loans for people in the hopes of investing in a sustainable economy. All products are ethically sourced and made locally.
High School Entrepreneurship Simulator
Opening up your own business can be risky, but the lessons learned from entrepreneurship can be incredibly valuable. Ex-con turned businessman, Ryan Knight has seen what this kind of experience can do in the lives of young people through his car detailing company, where every summer he hires college students to run a part of his business. Now, he wants to create a safe space for high school students to experience first-hand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. The high school entrepreneurship simulator would allow students to dive into what it takes to run their own business. It’s already being tested in two schools with plans to expand.