Youth are encouraged to transform the world through innovation
Canada’s Shad program has turned out students who are contributing to social change abroad
WATERLOO, Ont. — Imagine the change gifted youth can bring if they action extraordinary projects such as one Canadian teen who improved solar-panel efficiency after visiting an orphanage in China, according to a Canadian Press account.
Bruce Gao was in high school when he travelled abroad and saw children huddled together to keep warm, because solar panels weren’t providing enough electricity for heat. So, he created an app to find the optimal direction solar panels should point to generate the most electricity. The SimplySolar app is now used in more than 130 countries.
Gao was encouraged in his feat by the Waterloo, Ont.-based Shad program, a charity which empowers more than 600 exceptional high-school students one month every summer to reach their full potential. “You can’t really leave it to chance, that the best and brightest minds are going to develop to their capabilities,” Teddy Katz, a spokesperson for Shad, is quoted as saying by the Canadian Press.
Developing countries across the globe are benefiting from innovation. At Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, we’ve been working with DUCA Financial Services Credit Union to bring innovation to the field. Last year, the company donated $25,000 to help women in rural India develop thriving tailoring businesses.
Solar success: A youth in Ghana benefits from solar power in a CCFC-supported community