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High School Outreach

Looking to make a difference? We believe young people have a lot to say when it comes to public policy, innovation and finding solutions. We are eager to hear your ideas and happy to engage in a variety of ways even before you embark on university studies.

Learn about the BPA program and career options from Professor Naomi Couto, Director of the School of Public Policy & Administration and current students in the program.

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High School Essay Contest

We invite high school students to submit essays that reflect on timely topics in the Canadian context. Check out our different topics every year. The top 3 essay winners will be invited to our Annual Awards Dinner at York University.

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Explore Careers in Government

Our alumni and faculty members are always happy to engage and share their fascination with public policy, law, service and public management with a variety of audiences. Feel free to reach out for help when organizing speaking arrangements, class visits, career panels and more.

Student Leadership & Governance

If you are a student leader curious to learn about student governance at university, feel free to connect with our Public Policy and Administration Student Association (PPASA) directly.

One of my favourite resources in the program is the professional skills and communications course. In the course, I was able to refine my resume and develop my job interviewing skills. As a result of that, I was able to land a position as a junior policy analyst co-op at the Ontario Ministry of Education.

— Jenning Cheung
Class of YU '21 & Treasurer of the PPASA

Learn more from current students and alumni.