Oppedia- The Encyclopedia for Opportunities

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Uploaded by Tina Ge in Markham
Region: York Region District School Board      Category: Social Enterprise
School Name: Pierre Elliott Trudeau HS

Oppedia is a nonprofit, online encyclopedia, aiding high school students in finding opportunities across Canada.

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This is me. Usually, I spend my summers on the couch, eating and doing nothing. But last summer, I went on a one month teach abroad to Taiwan. I shared many laughs and memories that’ll last for a lifetime. I think everyone should apply to the program—except you. You couldn’t. Why? Because you didn’t even know it existed. It is estimated that millions of dollars in scholarships go unclaimed because no one applies. And it’s not just scholarships— there are an infinite amount of opportunities available to high school students. The problem? No one knows about them. Oppedia is a nonprofit social enterprise that helps high school students find events, competitions, scholarships and enrichment programs in Canada. Students can find year round opportunities in any industry, whether it be in medicine, journalism, art, or politics. Oppedia gives the resources students need in one organized, compiled database—resources that no one’s thought to give—yet. Everything is online and digital, making it highly accessible, no matter where you are in the world. Oppedia is unique because of its ability to remain autonomous. The encyclopedia is entirely based off of its users through the use of reviews and suggestions. Say you loved a robotics competition. You'd be able to create an account and rate it out of 5, and share how amazing your experience was. Or say you’re a potential applicant—you’d be able to talk to past members of the same event. “It’s a nationwide community”—no longer will students research endlessly for potential jobs or scholarships to no avail. And no longer will we keep our knowledge from them. In Ontario, there are over 600,000 high school students, visionaries and leaders. With dreams as high as the stars, what we need now is the opportunity to change the world.

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