Our Future Is You.

Congratulations to our #Next70 competition winners!

To celebrate our 70th anniversary, we ran a competition to give away over $70,000 to local youth initiatives across our locations in Bermuda, Canada, Gibraltar and Malta.

 

Congratulations to our Bermuda winners - Open Your Heart Foundation and Future Leaders who received $15,000 each. Learn more about their winning ideas and our other finalists below.

How to have your say


STEP 1

Promotion

Shortlisted ideas are showcased on Argus social media for community voting.

STEP 2

Voting

Our community votes for the ideas they think will have the most impact.

STEP 3

Winners

The charities or non-profits associated with winning ideas receive $15,000.

Learn more about our top entries.


We are dedicated to increasing public awareness of autism to ensure individuals on the autism spectrum are given the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential. We will provide high school with opportunities for inclusion and community engagement, and short-term relief (respite care) to families with young children on the spectrum. Our idea will not only provide parents and caregivers with opportunities to meet their own, personal wellness needs, but also allows the community the benefit of learning about autism – we are stronger together. Respite care in the form of short-term relief for 2 to 4 hours during predetermined times on the weekend will allow parents and caregivers a much needed break from what is a very physically, emotionally and mentally demanding family situation.

Our idea is designed to educate and motivate students aged 11 to 18 to understand mental illness, build healthy coping skills and a plan to help them better manage their own trauma. We will produce an annual 1-day virtual conference that will involve impactful celebrity keynote speakers, live performances, opportunities to network with professionals, breakout sessions led by students and virtual breakout rooms that will feature an array of mental health providers and services that specialize in self-care. Closing off the day with the opportunity to win prizes from local shops.

The Future Leaders 'Monthly Mentorship Club' will develop students through life skills and academic enrichment seminars in order to foster collaboration, promote skills development, and self-improvement, thus building a sense of community among the leaders of tomorrow. Our mentorship program will introduce students to a range of disciplines and make use of mentors and experts within the community. Each topic will be combined with a fun activity at a selected establishment to encourage student engagement while supporting local Bermudian businesses. Our aim is to better equip our Future Leaders with essential life skills, enabling them to exhibit an improved sense of camaraderie, connectedness and embrace individual and collective changes within communities.

The programmme is aimed at encouraging and empowering youth to ‘get into a trade’ to help prepare them to enter the work field. We want to incorporate technology as well as a back to basic approach. This will include working with skilled tradesman with years of experience and knowledge with a focus on trades such as, plumbing, carpentry and mechanics – and also life skills such as cooking and sewing. We will target youth ages 11 to 18, and by the end of our program all participants will have learned life skills such as resume writing, work ethics, integrity, time management, etc. We would need volunteers who are willing to share their expertise and laptops for the technical aspect of this concept. Our goal is to give insight on different work fields, assist them in selecting a trade, preparing them for higher education to ultimately securing employment once the program has been completed to an acceptable standard.

We will partner with public and private schools to identify up to 120 students severely affected by learning loss due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Once selected, we will provide high quality, hands on math instruction to these students at no cost. Individualized learning plans will be created for each student. Communication between Planet Math and the various schools will be consistent ensuring students keep up with their current lessons. The program will run until the end of the school year. Our goal is to continue to build a world class STEM center that will provide classes and hands on opportunities for students to learn about a variety of topics such as Financial Literacy, Blockchain Technology, Robotics, Mathematics in Various Careers and much more.

Honourable Mentions

Please see the list of honourable mentions below:

Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative | CARE Learning Centre | ConnecTech Coding | Vasco Youth Program | Altrusa Club of Bermuda | St. David's Island Historical Society | Footy Promotions | Raleigh International Bermuda | Noire Youth Theatre Company | Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) | Bermuda Sloop Foundation | Friends of Hope Academy | ABC Football Foundation | Harrington Sound Primary School PTA | The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Bermuda | Inspire Bermuda | Bermuda School of Music | Bermuda Corp and Youth Corp | Bermuda Basketball Association | Bermuda Institute | Evening Light Pentecostal Church | Whitney Institute | Impact Mentoring Academy | AH Tempo | Bermuda Youth Corp | Saint David's Warriors Youth Athletics Program | Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF) | Institute of Bermuda Architects | Bermuda Conference Young People and Children’s Division | Clyde Best Foundation and CHARM | The Kiwanis Club of Hamilton | Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) | Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art | Bank of Bermuda Foundation | Bermuda Scout Association | Tomorrow’s Voices | Bermudacorps | The Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies (BFIS) | Black Stockings | Jireh Iris, YKD! Foundation | Big Brothers and Sisters of Bermuda

FAQs

This contest is open to legal residents of Bermuda, who complete the online idea submission form. Ideas submitted must be submitted by a registered charitable or non-profit organization to be considered.

Yes. If you have more than one idea, please feel free to submit additional applications. 

Ideas must support youth-focused initiatives to be considered. All submissions will be judged based on the following categories: innovation, inspiration, creativity, sustainability, feasibility and impact on youth in the community. Confirming the feasibility of your idea with its associated charity or non-profit organization in advance will also strengthen your entry.

Once the Argus Steering Committee has selected the top ideas, the shortlisted ideas will be featured on social media (Oct 23-Nov 5) where community members can vote for the ideas they think will have the most impact by commenting on the social media post.

Winners will be announced Nov 6, 2020. Argus will donate $15,000 to the registered charitable or non-profit organization that will support the execution of your idea.

Have additional questions not answered here?

Contact us.

Our Future is You


If you had $15,000 to support youth in our community, what would you do?

Please summarise your idea and how it will shape the #Next70 years in your community in 500 words or less. Answering the following questions is a great place to start:

  • What makes your idea unique?
  • Does your idea address the challenges youth face today?
  • Can your idea engage a diverse range of youth?
  • How feasible is your idea?
  • Does your idea have longevity?
Remember, your idea will be judged on the following criteria:
Innovation, Inspiration, Creativity, Sustainability, Feasibility, Impact on youth in the community

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