Corpus team wins spot to represent Canada at Oxford Global Challenge

May 8, 2020

Map the System–Oxford Global Challenge, is a unique and prestigious competition by Oxford University where students tackle problems to pressing social issues.


After impressively choosing to continue in the competition through the COVID-19 pandemic, Team Rise Above from Corpus has advanced through two rounds and won a spot to represent Canada at the global competition.


Schools who also placed to represent Canada include UBC, University of Waterloo, Ryerson and Mount Royal.


Congratulations to team members Gabrielle Alvarez, Raisa Jose, and Sean Ryan.



About Team Rise Above’s Project


Our research focuses on youth homelessness in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver, British Columbia. As Vancouver has become one of the most expensive cities in the world over the past 3 decades, we see the effects of this in our growing population of homeless youth. Although there are currently organizations and funding that aim to support this issue, there is still an increase in the amount of youth without homes. This is due to most of the support systems in place focusing only on the short term issue of keeping the youth alive. We propose a government agency that’s purpose is to have the resources and contacts to set up youth with a plan of action that best fits their individual needs. This will create a higher likelihood that when they enter into adulthood they can break their cycle of poverty.

Watch Team Rise Above’s Video