Education in Prince George
Prince George is home to several post-secondary institutions (the University of Northern British Columbia and the College of New Caledonia) and vocational schools. Kindergarten to Grade 12 education (including French immersion and Montessori options) are also offered by School District No.57 in over 30 elementary and eight secondary schools.
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Student Mentorship Opportunity
The City seeks qualified applicants for its Student Mentorship Opportunity in local government every year. Three students are selected annually and matched with a political mentor and staff mentor. Students will travel with their mentors to one of three local government conventions to learn what local governments do and the issues they face regionally, provincially, and nationally.
The conventions are:
- The North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) Convention.
- The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Conference.
- The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention.
Mentorships last one week and will take place in May, June, and September. While the City of Prince George will cover the participation costs for the three students, successful applicants must be willing to commit the time and dedication to participating in and learning from this opportunity.
Mentorship applicants must:
- Be 19 years of age or older.
- Be currently enrolled in an educational institution in Prince George.
- Demonstrate an interest in local government as a career or research field.
- Submit a 500-word summary of their experience following participation in the mentorship opportunity.
In addition to the application form, submissions should include:
- A letter from the education institution's registrar's office indicating proof of current enrollment
- A current resume.
- A covering letter outlining the applicant's reasons for applying and how the mentorship will enhance their education and career preparation.
The 2019 mentorship intake is now closed. Information on the 2020 opportunities will be posted here when available.
Youth of the Year Award
The Youth of the Year Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the community by a youth between 13 and 18 years of age. Nominations must come from the community and the nominee's school.
The deadline for 2020 nominations will be posted when available.
- Ashlee Hick - Ashlee Hick has an impressive list of volunteer achievements both in and out of school, and is the valedictorian of her graduating class at College Heights Secondary. She was also recently selected to speak at We Day Vancouver, a celebration of youth empowerment attended by 18,000 people from across the province. Her speech was about the Independent Anti-bullying and Positive Mental Health (ARK) Program, which she co-founded at CHSS.
- Qais Khan - Qais Khan was admitted into the College Heights Leadership class a year early due to his outstanding record of volunteering at school functions. Soon after, he joined the Rotary Interact Program and made significant contributions to Smiles, a pediatric Pen Pal program, and other Rotary initiatives. His commitment was recognized by his peers who elected him Interact Club president in his first year. Qais has demonstrated academic excellence and is on the Principal's list.
- Sylvia Masich - Sylvia Masich has been a dedicated athlete, volunteer, and coach for the Prince George Track and Field Club for the past eight years. Sylvia is also particularly committed to the Special Olympics and worked to have special Olympians included in the regular track and field training program. Her efforts resulted in three Special Olympic athletes qualifying for the high school track provincial championships.
- Juri Sudo-Rustad - At 17, Juri Sudo-Rustad was recently the youngest person ever elected to the board of the Prince George Community Arts Council and is its first-ever youth advocate. Juri is an active advocate for youth and the arts in the community, and has won numerous awards for her own art.
- 1997 - Archie McLean
- 1998 - Nichole Ross
- 1998 - Eric Charest
- 1999 - Tim Bennett
- 2000 - Alex Thompson
- 2001 - Colette Vine
- 2002 - Derrick Williams
- 2003 - Jennifer Sharp
- 2004 - Sara Kuric
- 2005 - Tina Sidorov
- 2006 - Tom Tang
- 2007 - Gurkirat (Kerry) Kandola
- 2008 - Janine Reilander
- 2009 - Manpreet kaur Sidhu
- 2010 - Sufrey Chen
- 2011 - Ashley Schmeisser
- 2012 - Gurbind Deo
- 2013 - Fei Ge
- 2014 - Jesmeen Deo
- 2015 - Emily O'Reilly
- 2016 - Daniel O'Reilly
- 2017 - Lila Mansour
- 2018 - Sarah Ash