TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2021—Tech Spark Canada and BGC Canada (formerly Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada) are working together to launch a customized version of Tech Spark’s Tech Entrepreneurship program, designed specifically for BIPOC youth and offered in-person and virtually.
The program will allow BGC Clubs to select from key subjects within the overall curriculum, ensuring Club participants can engage with a variety of activities and projects that align with youth leadership programs and outcomes.
Focusing on experience and confidence gaps among youth, the Tech Entrepreneurship program includes lessons and project activities that will help young people showcase their learning, develop and enhance their digital literacy skills, and explore their personal interests as possible entrepreneurial and business opportunities.
“We are ecstatic to partner with BGC Canada to bring our tech entrepreneurship course beyond the school system, into the hands of youth across Canada,” says Tamar Huggins, Founder & CEO, Tech Spark Canada. “Together, we are actively changing the face of technology creation, by providing systemically excluded youth the opportunity to build revenue-generating tech startups that solve real problems.”
“Helping young people prepare for their future is fundamental to the work of our Clubs,” says Owen Charters, President & CEO, BGC Canada. “We are very pleased that Tech Spark has partnered with BGC Clubs to introduce tech entrepreneurship and give Club youth the confidence and skills that will help them succeed.”
Tech Spark will provide one-to-one training and support for each BGC Club that receives a grant to ensure the program runs smoothly and benefits as many young people as possible.
About Tech Spark Canada
Tech Spark is Canada’s first technology and curriculum design company committed to empowering BIPOC students and teachers through culturally relevant and inclusive tech-focused education. We specialize in the creation of inquiry-based, student-centered K-12 curricula through the lens of technology development, culturally responsive pedagogy, and entrepreneurship.
About BGC Canada
For 120+ years, BGC Canada has been creating opportunities for millions of Canadian kids and teens. As Canada’s largest child and youth serving charitable and community services organization, our Clubs open their doors to young people of all ages and their families at 736 locations nationwide. During out-of-school hours in small and large cities, and rural and Indigenous communities, our trained staff and volunteers provide programs and services that help young people realize positive outcomes in self-expression, academics, healthy living, physical activity, job readiness, mental wellness, social development, leadership, and more. Opportunity changes everything. Learn more at bgccan.com and follow us on social media @BGCCAN.
Ivy Sarpong, Tech Spark Canada
Jared Morrow, BGC Canada