Bluffs Advocate


Inspire, Collaborate, Excel – ICE for students

The next big thing is here

By Grace Jin, Grade 11 Student, SATEC @ WA Porter CI

            There are many opportunities for youth to practice their leadership skills in and out of school, through different clubs, competitions, and organizations. The Ontario Organization of Secondary School (OOSS) is one of the latter, but what makes this group special is that it is run solely by students for students. OOSS was originally founded in response to Bill 115, and its purpose was to allow students to act with a unified voice. The focus of the organization has since then shifted to include the issue of youth empowerment. Some of the most notable initiatives of OOSS have been a peer mentorship program in which high school students are paired with post-secondary students so they can obtain one-on-one advice or help regarding difficult academic or life decisions. OOSS also has an ambassador program with students from over 30 Ontario schools. Ambassadors plan and host various events and workshops throughout the year, all of which are designed to engage young people, help strengthen networks, and fundraise for charities.

On Saturday, April 18 at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, the OOSS will host a conference called ICE—Inspire Collaborate Excel. It is an interactive conference in which students discover who they are, what they want to be, and meet others who share the same passions, interests, and ideologies. This conference is unlike any other, as it has something for everybody; ICE aims to provide a platform for Ontario student leaders to foster innovation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM), and business and entrepreneurship, while also encouraging attendees to pursue civic engagement. This event allows secondary students to share their ideas with peers and connect with the brightest minds from across the province to address pressing issues.

Throughout the day, attendees will participate in different workshops, listen to keynote presentations and youth panelists, as well as receive information from the Opportunities Fair.

The aim of ICE is to give all attendees the tools and passion to create their own future. Come to ICE and hear from Canada's Top 20 Under 20 recipient, Nobel Prize winner, and serial entrepreneur. Be inspired to collaborate with your peers and excel in reaching toward new horizons. ICE—the next big thing is here.