2SLGBTQ+ Voices: Pathways to Interdependence Program 2024-2025

Reach Ahead Credit Opportunity for 2SLGBTQ+ Students

Registration is now open. 

Program duration: Wednesday evenings from November 6, 2024, to May 28, 2025 (Additional evenings and some school days may be required as we draw closer to the Forum date.)

Class Times:  5:30 pm - 9:21 pm
Location: Woodroffe HS

*Students will be required to attend regularly in order to benefit from learning with community partners and meet curriculum expectations outlined by the Ministry of Education.

About this program:
The OCDSB Continuing Education department, in partnership with the  Equity Program team, will be offering two reach ahead credit opportunities for 2SLGBTQ+ students. Eligible students will have the opportunity to supplement and enrich their high school education by acquiring one credit. Students registered for IDC3O, IDC4O and IDC4U will prepare and plan for the nineteenth annual Rainbow Youth Forum (RYF). Students registered for HSG3M will have an opportunity to acquire a secondary credit but will not work on planning for the Rainbow Youth Forum (RYF). 

Students will have the opportunity to participate in field trips and hands-on activities while developing or enhancing their research, problem solving or critical analysis skills.

Whenever possible, the courses  will integrate community partners to ensure the interconnectedness of the various subject areas. Students will therefore have presentations and opportunities to learn with various community partners such as Rainbow Service Providers Network, SAFETY (Support and Education for Trans Youth), Ten Oaks Project, Kind Space, CCGSD (Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity), MAX Ottawa, CAS (Children’s Aid Society), PPO (Planned Parenthood of Ottawa), Capital Pride, Universities of Ottawa and Carleton, Algonquin College and the Ottawa Writers’ Festival.  There will also be intersectional learning and collaboration between the Black Youth Forum student leaders and the student leaders in the RYF course.

Course Options:

Planning for the Rainbow Youth Forum (Additional evenings and some school days may be required as we draw closer to the Forum date.)

  • IDC3O (Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 11, Open)
  • IDC4O (Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12, Open)
  • IDC4U (Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12, University)

Secondary Credit Opportunity

  • HSG3M (Gender Studies, Grade 11, University/College)

*Please note: Courses are subject to change or cancellation.

Descriptions of the courses: RYP course codes

Volunteer Opportunity

Please note that if students have already taken these courses, they can also sign up to receive volunteer hours.


The students should be grade 11 and/or 12 but can include a grade 10 student if they meet the criteria (must have taken careers or civics).

  • IDC3O: 2SLGBTQ+ students in Grades 10-12.
  • IDC4O: 2SLGBTQ+ students in Grades 11 or 12.
  • IDC4U: 2SLGBTQ+ HS students in Grade 11 or 12, who have completed any university or university/college preparation course.
  • HSG3M: 2SLGBTQ+ students in Grades 10-12.

How to Register:

OCDSB Student Registration: Please register by completing this form:  2024-2025 OCDSB 2SLGBTQ+ Voices: Pathways to Interdependence Program - Student Registration Form

*Student Registration pending approval to allow representation from all secondary schools.

Student Fees:

Student fees are required for:

  • International students (must be living in Ontario in order to participate in this program)
  • Students residing outside of Ontario at the time of registration.

The fee for this course is $500.00 + 3% administration fee payable online by Visa or Mastercard. Payment information will be provided upon receipt of the registration.

More Information:

  • For more information regarding the 2SLGBTQ+ Voices: Pathways to Interdependence Program, please contact Sara Savoia at [email protected]
  • For more information regarding registration, please call the Continuing Education Department at 613-239-2620 or email [email protected].
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