Black Youth for Social Innovation Program

In Spring 2024, the University of Alberta officially launched the Black Youth for Social Innovation (BYSI) Program. The initiative is specifically designed to address the disparity in mentorship and internship opportunities available to Black students within the Social Sciences and Humanities, including Arts, Business, Education and Law. The program promotes the professional development of Black youth by providing them with comprehensive, paid work-integrated learning experiences and mentorship in their fields of interest.

BYSI seeks to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their future careers, while also contributing to a more diverse and inclusive academic community. Participants will have the opportunity to work alongside respected faculty members and engage with leading organizations across various sectors, including public, private and non-profit organizations.

This initiative represents a critical step towards enhancing the representation and success of Black youth in the fields of social innovation. It supports the University of Alberta’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, in alignment with broader societal and economic objectives. Prospective students are encouraged to consider the unique benefits of the BYSI program as they plan their academic and professional trajectories.

Value for Black Youth:

  • Career Advancement: Offers direct pathways to career opportunities in a range of sectors through work-integrated learning.
  • Expert Mentorship: Access to dedicated mentorship from experienced professionals and academics within the SSH fields.
  • Networking Opportunities: Enables connections with key organizations and individuals, enhancing professional networks and community ties.
  • Skill Development: Focuses on building essential, transferable skills relevant to both academic and industry settings.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Promotion: Actively contributes to increasing the representation of Black students in SSH, enriching the academic community.