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Student Trustees
Mustafa Ismail is a grade 11 student and Co-President of Tommy Douglas Secondary School. He is passionate and driven.  His involvement in politics, policy and world issue shine his leadership and foster his ability for change. In his free time, Mustafa engages in many extra-curricular activities such as student council and ultimate frisbee.

Claire Zhou is a grade 12 student who attends Bayview Secondary School. Driven by curiosity and inspiring leadership, she strives to nurture other students' potential in impacting their own communities. She is passionate about meeting new people and participating in extra-curricular activities such as DECA and Free the Children.



Many students across York Region have expressed an interest in developing innovative ideas that support modern learning.  The Student Trustee Innovation Grant provides an opportunity for students to access up to $1000 in support of school and/or community projects in the area of innovation.
The following criteria must be included in the proposal.
Students submitting the proposal must be;
  • the leaders of the project (one to three students);
  • in grades 7-11; and
  • enrolled full-time at a YRDSB school.
A staff member must be identified as project advisor.
The grant may not be used to support an existing project or organization.
In addition, the Student Trustee Innovation Grant proposal must demonstrate three of the following additional criteria.
  • Benefit to the school community.
  • Social responsibility and/or justice.
  • Youth and civic engagement.
  • Alignment with at least one of the foci outlined in the Board’s Multi-Year Plan, Director’s Annual Plan and/or Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being.
The following things should also be considered.
  • The project must be completed within 12 months of the date of application.
  • Expenses may not include fundraising, administrative costs or costs related to conferences or travel.
Examples of eligible project types;
  • school-wide event,
  • collaborative artwork,
  • creation of a new school club, or
  • social awareness campaign.
Application Process
The deadline for submission is Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
1)    A one page outline of the project, explaining how it meets the criteria (e.g., innovative in nature, etc.)
2)    Detailed budget
3)    Principal and staff advisor signatures
4)    Student project leader(s) signature(s)
5)    Parent/guardian signature(s)
Please send your completed submissions to and by the application deadline.
If you have any questions, please contact Student Trustees Claire Zhou or Mustafa Ismail.


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