What is YRA's DiscoverU Program?

Youth Rising Above's DiscoverU program is a four day skill development program for marginalized youth or youth at-risk delivered in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). DiscoverU focuses on topics such as: Leadership, Social Inclusion, Self-Care, Communication, Goal Setting and so much more! Additionally, participants will receive an in-depth behind the scenes look at what it takes to showcase world class exhibits at the ROM while appealing to diverse audiences. Youth will also learn about "Leadership from Every Seat", as they explore how project management works at the ROM, and how everyone contributes to the museums overall success...and how this can apply in your own lives! Additionally, participants will learn about work-life balance, self care, and failure...and how these are integral components to positive growth. Lastly, all participants will have the opportunity to showcase their own "museum exhibits" amongst their peers, as they learn about inclusion and communication! 

What Else is Included?

Participants will also have the opportunity to tour the museum throughout the four days. Program facilitators will also provide additional one-to-one support to assist all youth in working towards achieving their immediate, short and long term life goals. All participants will also have the opportunity to register in our 6-month Mentorship Program following the 4-day training. Participants will receive 12 hours of mentorship from a dedicated and committed mentor related to an area of interest. 

Completion Bonus and Extra Incentives

All successful participants will receive a $100 completion bonus at the end of the 4-day program. Participants will also receive a letter and certificate of completion, of which can be used towards employment, school or life goals. Museum passes will also be provided for participants (and their friends) to tour the museum on their own time, following completion of the program. Lunch and transit tokens will also be provided each of the 4 days of training. 

Who is the DiscoverU Program for?

While DiscoverU focuses on providing learning experiences for all young people, our organization's primary mandate is to support marginalized youth populations (newcomers; youth with disabilities; youth experiencing homelessness; youth involved with the justice system; indigenous populations, black youth; racialized youth; youth identifying with the LGBTQ2S+ population; and, youth from low socio-economic environments). 

The DiscoverU program accepts 14 youth per cohort. Youth must apply (at the bottom of this page), spots are not guaranteed.

When is the DiscoverU Program? 

The DiscoverU program occurs 4 times a year. Each cohort runs on  Sunday from 9:45am-5:15pm, for four Sundays. Participants must attend all 4 days in order to successfully complete the program. 

The next cohort runs during the following times: 

1) Sunday, November 3 - 9:45am - 5:15pm;

2) Sunday, November 10 - 9:45am - 5:15pm;

3) Sunday, November 24 - 9:45am - 5:15pm; and,

4) Sunday, December 1 - 9:45am - 5:15pm

Where does the DiscoverU Program operate? 

DisocverU operates out of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) - 100 Queens Park, Toronto ON. All participants are to meet near the "school group" entrance at the side of the museum.

Interested in Supporting YRA's DiscoverU Program?

The cost to operate Youth Rising Above's DiscoverU Program on an annual basis is supported entirely by donations from the general public. These donations cover the cost of food, equipment, participant supplies, transit tokens and participant honourariums. If you're interested in supporting our DiscoverU Program through a financial donation, click the button below to learn more! Thanks for your anticipated support!