BIOMEDICAL YOUTH PROGRAM AIM

The principal aim of the Biomedical Youth Program (BYP) is science enrichment of grade school kids though program offerings designed to bring them closer to the University experience. The BYP fulfills the University of Manitoba’s mandate for community outreach by working with Winnipeg School Division teachers and science consultants to engage and inspire Winnipeg’s inner-city youth.

BIOMEDICAL YOUTH PROGRAM GOALS

1. Engage Winnipeg’s inner-city youth in collaborative lab-based activities to enhance the experience of science as a hands-on subject and broaden their career aspirations.

2. Offer outstanding mentoring and leadership experience to undergrad and grad student volunteers.

BIOMEDICAL YOUTH PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

To achieve its goals, the BYP pursues the following program objectives:

1. Bi-weekly Saturday Science Club (January to April)
The Saturday Science Club is designed to nurture the interests of grade 5-12 students in science and math by engaging them in a range of hands-on laboratory-based experiences across various disciplines.   Program mentoring in the Saturday Science Club is conducted by a team of dedicated University students, post-doctoral trainees, instructors and professors from both the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science.  Club activities run, at no cost, every other Saturday morning beginning mid-January until the end of April, 2017.  Sessions ran from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Niji Mahkwa Middle School Inner City Science Centre (ICSC) with “field trips” to the Faculty of Science lab facilities at Fort Garry campus.

2. Annual week-long Summer Science Camp (3rd week in July)
The BYP Summer Camp is an outreach initiative of the BYP, where participants carry out hands-on science activities encompassing topics from Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Medical Rehabilitation, and Basic Sciences.  The Camp is for students from grades 5 to 12 and held at the University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus and is organized into daily 90 minute morning and afternoon sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The sessions are supported by university student volunteers acting as both Activity leaders and Group leaders.   Activity Leaders receive training to run/assist science camp sessions.  Group Leaders are responsible for escorting students to camp sessions and assisting Activity Leaders.

3. Northern Mobile Summer Science Camp (4th week in July)
Annually, BYP volunteers and staff from the Department of Community Health Sciences travel to First Nations communities in northern Manitoba (e.g. Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Mosakahiken Cree Nation) to deliver a very successful and rewarding mobile BYP summer camp in late July.  The northern camp is free to students from grades 6 to 9 and includes cultural and arts components provided by community members and volunteers.

4. Annual Winnipeg School Division Science Fair (2 days in early April)
In April of each year, the BYP supports the organization and running of the Annual Winnipeg School Division Science Fair.  Volunteers are needed to assist as poster judges and activity leaders during this one-day activity.

5. Winnipeg School Division High School Science Enrichment Academy (January to April)  
Introduced as a pilot science enrichment program in early 2017, the Science Academy runs a series of day-long science activity sessions to select high school students within the Winnipeg School Division.  This program is a joint partnership program run by the BYP at the Inner City Science Centre and provides volunteer opportunities for university students to assist in delivering the program.

6. Ad Hoc science enrichment sessions for visiting rural and urban school groups (September to April)
Throughout the year various rural and urban school groups request that the BYP host science activities at the ICSC.  These sessions run between 2-4 hours and are supported by the efforts of interested volunteers.

7. Mentoring of Junior and Senior High School student science projects (September to April)
Throughout the year the BYP receives requests from grade 7-12 students to receive mentoring for their science projects the results of which they present at various annual school science fairs.  Volunteers work with faculty members in supporting lab-based research endeavours.