Iskra is PISK’s high school integration project, preparing teenagers for post-secondary life through university tours and through access to successful Polonia mentors.
The initiative started with Paul, Magdalene, and Joanna Sulżycki out of Hamilton in the fall of 2012. Led by Paul, the siblings regretted that they had started exploring their cultural identity only later on in university. Together with some friends, they started reaching out to local Polish high schools across the region. The group’s goal was twofold: first, to foster a deeper sense of community in local Polonia, and secondly, to encourage high school students to join networks already set up by the slightly-older generation (then just finishing undergraduate studies).
Fast-track to a few years later and we have an annual conference series very effectively accomplishing just this feat. More on Iskra‘s background has been archived, and our 2014-15 promo video is below to give you a better feel for the project: