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Where Ideas Collide.

What is 6 Social? 

6 Social is a new vehicle for experiential learning that engages Grade 7-11 students in developing innovative solutions to social issues they experience in their school environment and neighbourhoods.

How?

Through events & a special in school program, youth receive training in creative and critical thinking processes. They learn to ideate, validate, and pitch innovative solutions to social problems through thoughtful social media campaigns and interactive apps. 

Watching these young, bright minds gather together, their desire and willingness to make a positive change in their community and ultimately in their lives, brings a unique emotional mix of pride and hope, a feeling that any educator is grateful to experience and willing to see more often among the young generation shaping up our future.
— Anamaria Dragoi, OCT, MScEd Manager of Innovation & Academic Engagement, Educational Research & Innovation Hub (ihub)
 
 

What Happens?

Youth are provided with ongoing tools and mentorship to extend their work beyond the initial ideation process through to a workable prototype that they can put into action in their school or neighbourhood. They are supported by mentors from local community who bring relevant expertise in social media, business planning, technology, and project management.

Where is it available? 

We partner with schools and community organizations.  Plus in the 2016/2017 school year we are developing resources that allow educators to bring the 6 Social experience into their classrooms so that every student can benefit.  Support resources will include imaginative unit plans, videos, and online training, combined with access to a suite of unique technology and learning tools. 

Ideation: Ideas in ACTION

6 Social is experiential (hand-on) learning, leveraging technology to create solutions for issues youth care about.

 

What is the problem?

Let's brainstorm the problems and issues that are happening in your community; from poverty to education to health & wellness. What do you care about? This is your opportunity to brainstorm, connect with others and get your voice heard.   

What is the solution?

We will give you access to some pretty cool technology and social media tools. What solutions will you create for the issues you care about most? Get creative, brainstorm and connect with others to begin creating something incredible!

Investigate: Is this a good idea?

There are lots of problems and possible solutions and it's time to narrow it down.  We will show you how to investigate & validate your assumptions by asking questions, getting feedback and making sure you are spending your time and energy effectively.   

 

Create It!

An early sample, model, or release of a solution, built to test your idea, this is not a finished product, just something you can use to show your idea. This can be a short video, podcast, website or app (we have a tool to build an app and you don't need to know code!). 

Promote

You will receive tips and coaching on how to share a compelling story and create real engagement with your solution, using special online and onsite techniques. Then you will investigate these results and responses & ensure you are getting the engagement you need to move forward.

Celebrate

It takes a community to make an idea a reality and to continue building your solution. Together, we will host a Community Showcase, where you have the opportunity to inspire others by showcasing your solutions to gain support, mentorship and launch your idea. 


Using technology, storytelling & social media

What Will You Create?

We are giving you free access & training to some of the coolest tech tools, what social issues will you solve?


 
It was by far, the best youth event I have ever attended!
— Donia Aly, Rogers TV

Why collaborate with 6 Social?

They help you take your idea and make it reality. No matter how broad your idea is they will help you shrink it down and make it into something amazing.
— Emma, youth @ 6 Social

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Connect

From experts to brainstorming, 6 Social is a platform for community engagement in technology, entrepreneurship, education and community development. 

Collaborate

You have the opportunity to brainstorm, collaborate and use some of the coolest technology to create solutions that really matter to you.

Create

6 Social is filled with experiential learning, we are talking hands on learning that you will continue to use in your day to day life and keep working towards solutions.


Youth pitching their solution on Gender Equality, March 5, 2016 at ihub Niagara.
Throughout the day we brainstormed plenty of issues and ways to solve them using different technology tools. How to make apps without knowing code was the best part. I made plenty of friends and it’s great to know that people care about issues just as much as you do.
— Arvith, youth @ 6 Social
University and college funding Access - everyone should have access to education. Pitch at ihub Niagara March 5th, 2016.
Come to 6 Social because it is all about youth and ideas. I got to connect to other youth, mentors, tried out cool technology and put our groups idea into action. It gave youth a voice and explored how to use that voice in a positive way.
— 17 year old @ 6 Social Niagara

The 6 C's of Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation

 

Creativity & Imagination

Collaboration

Communication

 
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Critical Thinking

Citizenship

Character Education

As a teacher, I saw enthusiasm, I saw engagement and I saw people passionate about what they were doing. These are the things I like to ignite in my classroom and I saw them all at 6 Social Niagara. The pitches were very energetic and the students were invested in the social issue they were addressing. We couldn’t have asked for a better day.
— Jill Russell, Technology Program Leader - DSBN Academy DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD OF NIAGARA

The Royal Conservatory - Learning Through The Arts, held a Roundtable Event October 20, 2015

Inclusive Education: Use of Technology. 

This video documents some of the comments from roundtable participants about inclusive education and technology.

6 Social is a collective of collaborative organizations who are committed to activating youth voices in education, businesses, nonprofits and the community. 

 

Learning Through the Arts, the Royal Conservatory of Music's social innovation arm, provides opportunities for youth to develop creative thinking and digital story telling skills with a strong educational foundation.

 

Community Partners

 
 

Educational Partner