Project Partners: Britannia Community Services Centre
The Step Up program was created in 2008 as a second step for students looking to get involved in social and environmental justice issues beyond the Check Your Head Workshops. It connected to all of the workshops and linked to BC’s Graduation Portfolio (later called Graduation Transitions) to allow students to receive credit for their participation and contributions to the community. Step Up activities gathered youth, Check Your Head staff, community organizations and community leaders for a series of youth nights on themes connected to globalization, climate justice, media awareness, racism and food security. The goal was to develop extracurricular engagement opportunities related to both issues as well as skill-building. The final Step Up program gathered a diverse group of youth and included film screenings and debrief discussions, dialogues about poverty, the Olympics and climate justice, a hip-hop skill-building night and more.