Outreach and Barrier-Breaking >
Actua works towards ensuring ALL youth have the opportunity to feel empowered by science, no matter their geographic location, socio-economic situation, ability or gender. We know there are challenges ahead in order to achieve this goal. However, with over twenty years of experience behind us, and a strong network of members, coupled with excellent partnerships with other key stakeholder organizations, we are well positioned to face these challenges head-on.
We are committed to connecting with youth in every corner of our large and diverse country. We work tirelessly to develop innovative programming that speaks to all young Canadians and connects science to what is important in their lives. This means tailoring each initiative to the community in which it is delivered. We collaborate with our trusted network of members to deliver life-changing, hands-on science activities to young Canadians. Our members go above and beyond the call of duty, making it a priority to engage youth in rural and remote communities and to partner with other youth-serving organizations to broaden their youth audiences to include underprivileged youth, at-risk youth, New Canadians, and other marginalized youth populations. In addition to supporting the barrier-breaking programs offered by our members, we also mobilize our Outreach Team to engage youth in communities and/or regions not yet served by our members.
We are proud to be a leader in pushing through the obstacles that stand between youth and science literacy. Our unique outreach programs – the National Aboriginal Outreach Program, the National Girls Program, our Go Where Kids Are Program for at-risk youth and our initiatives to engage youth in The North – have been incredibly well received by communities across Canada and have grown exponentially for the past several years.