The STEM Fellowship’s Digital Citizenship Graduation Award (DCGA) recognizes the unique contributions made by the digital leaders of tomorrow. This award looks at the collective to determine what characterizes responsible digital citizenship. This way, the award can keep evolving with the ever-changing digital world. Recipients of this award will have mentorship and coaching opportunities through RBC Future Launch and full access to LinkedIn Learning’s various tools.
The DCGA recognizes students that have demonstrated responsibility, innovation, and creativity in the digital world throughout their high school years. These students go beyond academics as they succeed at learning about 21st-century tools through their classes or by themselves. Their projects or contributions demonstrate leadership in their school or their community at large.
For more details about the Digital Citizenship Graduation Award, please read the document below.
Who and Where?
The DCGA will be open to all graduating Canadian high school and CÉGEP students. Each school may nominate up to two students for the DCGA. The DCGA Awards will be handed out by the schools at their graduation ceremony.
Application Process and Evaluation
In order to register your school for DCGA Accreditation please complete the following Google Form. Following the registration, establish a committee at your school to determine the criteria for this award. At the most basic level, criteria should measure the positive digital footprint and influence created by the award candidates. Schools can decide to engage in partnerships with the various members of the school community to deliberate on the potential nominees.
STEP 1: All Canadian High Schools are invited to register their school for DCGA accreditation by filling out the google form.
STEP 2: Upon completion of the form a confirmation email will be sent to the schools confirming their DCGA accreditation.
STEP 3: The school has complete control over the evaluation process and will use their own discretion to select students for the award either by committee or teacher nomination.
STEP 4: Once students have been selected the school must email the first and last names to email@example.com in order to confirm the selected students’ LinkedIn Licences.
To view testimonials from previous DCGA Awards please see below.
Graduated from Westmount Charter School, Calgary, Alberta. Attending University of Calgary, Neuroscience (Honours)
As a chapter head at my high school, my chapter’s executive team and I worked on creating programs that would help students interested in STEM every month. This included mentorship programs, which were especially helpful for students who were looking to apply to competitive STEM programs to gain experience, or for students applying to university. In addition to helping high schoolers, my team and I worked towards engaging middle school students in STEM to prepare them for high school studies. In this program, high school students would work with middle school classes to show kids experiments and host workshops in topics related to STEM. This allowed middle schoolers to explore the topics more and ease their anxiety around high school STEM, as well as gave high school students a teaching opportunity for their resumes. Other programs were also created with the goal of helping students in STEM, such as a database of opportunities that students could explore based on their interest (e.g. biology, technology, physics, etc), monthly newsletters with announcements for larger opportunities, and weekly Instagram posts of 20-30 programs for students to apply to. At the end of the year, my team and I also held a STEM Speaker Series, in which four speakers of various academic backgrounds spoke to different STEM topics based on student interest.
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