Igniting youth through holistic educational programs to become leaders for their local and global community.
Building a future in which all youth have the academic and community supports to unleash their leadership and ingenuity
We believe young people’s experiences in education have a pivotal impact on their lifelong path. Through a multi-faceted set of student-led programs, we strive to create accessible, holistic, and inspiring learning environments to help ignite students to realize their full potential as community leaders, innovators, and thought leaders.
Learn more about why we exist through this series of downloadable infographics:
Students: Mental Health and Academic Anxiety
Equity in Education (Canadian focused)
Equity in Education (Global Focused)
A dynamic social enterprise is born
SOS officially began in 2004 at Wilfred Laurier University as a student club delivering free peer to peer tutoring support within the business and computing department. As the group gained momentum, so too did our founders’ aspirations. Soon they began applying the philosophy of ‘students helping students’ globally, by raising funds through the sessions to support third-party organizations focused on international access to education. This unique social enterprise model ‘Raising Marks, Raising Money, Raising Roofs’ even led to SOS winning the EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
In 2008, led by Greg Overholt, SOS became an officially registered charity, launched nationally across Canada, and began working with charitable partners directly via strategic grants from our Global Impact Fund. Today we have student-led chapters at +25 campuses across Canada, supporting Global Impact Fund projects in +10 countries, while having built a network of over 10,000 past volunteers. Meanwhile we’re continuing to expand our reach and impact through new educational programs, building on the entrepreneurial legacy upon which we were founded!
Learn more about how our unique social enterprise model creates lasting impact.