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Student Innovation Challenge 2022

Presented by Raincoast and Take a Stand: Youth for Conservation.

Youth all over the world are increasingly stepping up for social change in their communities and voicing the urgent need to address anthropogenic impacts to nature. The Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Take a Stand: Youth for Conservation want to showcase some of the amazing things young people are leading in their local communities.

Contest details

We are looking to showcase the many inspiring youth-led projects that promote education, stewardship and conservation of the local wildlife, habitats and Indigenous cultures of coastal British Columbia and the transboundary Pacific Northwest. Your project would be featured in our virtual event that will bring together other inspiring youths doing incredible work in their communities and a rich network of professionals working to protect and sustain nature.

Themes include: 

  1. Local wildlife and habitats of coastal BC
  2. First Nations presence, cultures and longstanding history on the coast
  3. Climate Change
  4. Human connections and impacts 

Ways to share your project

You may share your project in one of the following ways.

1. Video (4 mins max)

A short video outlining your project and what you are doing.

2. Presentation (7 mins max) 

A pre-recorded presentation narrative accompanied by a slideshow or PowerPoint.

3. Creative Expression + Narrative

Share your creative talents by submitting something you made or created that also holds an important message (e.g. painting, photo, poem, music, dance, poster, or any other creative expression piece you can think of – think outside the box!).  Tell us what it represents and any messages you hope to convey through it with a narrative.


This contest is open to students in grades 3-12 throughout British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. 

A chance to win great prizes

Your work will be showcased at a virtual event that will be viewed by people of all ages from all over. It will also connect you with a rich network of peers and professionals and can help inspire others. A panel of judges will review the projects and awards will be given out to some of the most inspiring submissions within each theme. Prizes include the grand prize, a brand new Stand Up Paddleboard and other amazing prize packages from Helly Hansen, Patagonia and Ecologyst. 

How to enter

  1. Read the official contest rules (PDF) and regulations document.
  1. Fill out the Student Innovation Challenge Contest Entry Form (PDF). Each student participating in the project is required to sign the entry form, even if their submission will be judged collectively.
  1. Submit your entry to asta [at] raincoast [dot] org.  


Entry submission deadline: May 27, 2022 @ 11:59pm PST

Virtual student showcase event: June 10, 2021 @ 3:30pm PST


For any other questions or comments regarding the contest, please contact Raincoast Education Coordinator:
Asta Mail – asta [at] raincoast [dot] org

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