Our lives have changed a lot since the arrival of COVID-19. Of course, the pandemic brought along its share of difficulties, but it also highlighted our ability to overcome challenges together and be in solidarity with one another.

As we slowly emerge from our houses, we know there are more problems to resolve than ever: the climate crisis, poverty, racism, and sexism are only a few examples. We must now use our solidarity to collectively resolve the many problems facing us.

How can you mobilize your family, your friends or your community to contribute to resolving a social issue that matters to you?

Answer this question either with:

  • A text of a maximum of 1000 words
  • A video of a maximum of 5 minutes
  • A podcast of a maximum of 7 minutes

Have the chance to win:

  • A computer
  • A $500 scholarship to Saint Paul University’s School of Social Innovation

The contest is open to students in Grade 12, Secondary V, college or CEGEP living in Ontario or Quebec. 

The winning submission will be presented to social innovation experts during the Research Center on Social Innovation and Transformation’s annual colloquium on November 13-14.

Storytelling to Change the World Workshop

In this online workshop, you’ll learn how to transform your contest entry into a powerful and engaging call to action by using basic storytelling concepts. Facilitated by Geneviève Gazaille of The Storyteller Communications & Marketing, the session will present the main components to include in your text, video or podcast to create a true that will engage your audience in the issue at hand. The workshop will also include an interactive portion where you’ll be invited to test out your ideas and share with other participants.

  • When: October 17 at 1 p.m.
  • Where: on Zoom

Sign up for the workshop now!


Deadline to participate in the contest: Friday, November 6 at 5 p.m.

Concours D'essais eng

  • You have the option to upload a file, if your submission is a text, or to add a YouTube, Soundcloud or other link to your submission, if it is a video or podcast. Please submit at least one of the formats, otherwise your application will be disqualified.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
    Upload a file if your submission is in text format.
  • Paste the YouTube, Soundcloud or other link to your submission here if your submission is in video or podcast format.