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CHAT to the Future (“CHAT” – Care and Hope through the Adoption of Technology) is a registered Canadian charity founded by teachers in Saint John, New Brunswick in 2011 to unite sustainable development, global citizenship and social entrepreneurship in classrooms. Through a growing network of over 50 schools from Grades 2 to 12, CHAT supports its partner organization in Kasangati, Uganda to care for orphaned and vulnerable children, while also educating communities of caring, hopeful and resilient young people as global citizens and socially responsible entrepreneurs in New Brunswick and throughout North America.

CHAT engages and inspires students in their education using empathy, technology and project-based learning to develop their skills in creative problem solving, communications, critical thinking, creative problem solving, entrepreneurship, teamwork/working collaboratively and leadership… and to expect more from themselves and their lives.

Whether supporting children in Uganda, countering disheartening stereotypes about inevitable poverty, using technology for social good and change through Skype sessions, learning about international development, making global citizenship lesson plans, acting as guest speakers, helping with social entrepreneurial business plans, or issuing seed loans to young entrepreneurs, CHAT to the Future is taking immediate action to impact children, students, schools and communities on both sides of the globe.

Our Partners

Revolution Strategy
Acre Architects
Government of New Brunswick: PETL
Martell Homes
Hemmings House Pictures

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Our Mission

CHAT-C is a volunteer team that works with teachers and students at fifty North American schools (and more widely through social media) to develop global citizens and boost levels of appreciation for education. (Unfunded)

+ Key features

-Fun Skype sessions and relationships with Ugandan peers
-Financially supporting CHAT-U
-Learning resources

CHAT-U is a registered Ugandan NGO with a board of directors, a small rented orphanage, and plans for a more community-oriented future.
(Funded by schools, donors, and corporate friends.)

+ Key goals for sustainable development

-Support current children through post-secondary
-Put down government-required roots by building a home
-Expand provision of school fees, microloans, and internet access.

CHAT-E works to teach, celebrate and expand the concept of social entrepreneurship in order to maximize its impact to the benefit of ANY charity.
(Funded by the NB Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour)

+ Key features

-Provide a mentor to support high school entrepreneurship classes in New Brunswick.
-Support the creative process: from brainstorming through business plans and all the way to loans and sales.
-Celebrate businesses that believe in the triple-bottom-line business model of People, Planet, Profit.
(Including our partners at Acre Architects Hemmings House Pictures Martell Home Builders Bell Aliant Revolution Strategy)


CHAT is a registered nonprofit (BN: 843839903) powered by a collaborative network of students and teachers at over fifty North American schools, along with individual donors. Using entrepreneurial models, students essentially rent and operate a small orphans’ home in Kasangati, Uganda.

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CHAT to the Future & Brilliant Labs on CBC Information Morning Saint John

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This week we were fortunate to have the chance to talk to Hance Colbourne on CBC Information Morning Saint John about the Student Super Power Challenge. Our Entrepreneurship Mentor, Philip Sweezey, and the Executive Director of Brilliant Labs, Jeff Willson promoted the importance of this province wide initiative, and why it's important for the next generation to become creators. Following

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The Moonshot Blueprint: Why the #SuperPowerChallenge matters to New Brunswick

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President John F. Kennedy Address at Rice University in Houston on the Nation's Space Effort.  Please credit "Robert Knudsen, White House/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston"

The world is familiar with JFK’s eponymous moonshot.  His call to action in 1962 at Rice University demonstrated his confidence in American innovation and ingenuity, and his belief that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.  I recently found an article on Medium, that was penned by Astro Teller.  It had me reflect on the purpose of taking moonshots, and what we can learn about it in

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Super Power Challenge applications are open!

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Calling All High School Students—It’s Time to Dream Big, Get Creative, and Use Technology to Change the World! Brilliant Labs, CHAT to the Future, the CBDC, and Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge are joining forces to help students come up with a big idea to win the Student Superpower Challenge. Three (3) student teams, or individuals, from New Brunswick will win up

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Our Awesome Kids

CHAT House children are single or double orphans who once suffered from extreme poverty in their respective communities.  After renting the home, House mothers Florence and Naomi spread the word through their contacts and, in the weeks and months that followed, decisions were collectively made and children were moved in until we reached our capacity.  A new family was born, where each member has committed to working hard at school and at home.  They enjoy playing and learning via Skype with other students around the world and do so for three hours per week. They greatly appreciate the care and hope that schools around North America have provided.  In order to preserve their own connections and cultures, most return to their extended families over the two month Christmas vacation.

Sayuni (Zion) Arinitwe
Josephine Namubiru
Andrew Mugabo
Syson Akatuhurira
Kizza Caroline
Kate Naluwimba
Mutyaba Michael
Moses Tumusiime
Catherine Nakato
Faith Atuhirwe
Kenny Nabaasa
Kasita John (Ben)
Babirye Christine Nalugo

Get to know all the kids at CHAT House

  • Kofi Annan

    Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.

    Kofi Annan
  • Seth Godin

    Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.

    Seth Godin
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  • Nelson Mandela

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world 

    Nelson Mandela
  • Kofi Annan

    Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.

    Kofi Annan
  • Seth Godin

    Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.

    Seth Godin
  • [/ut_quote]
  • Nelson Mandela

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world 

    Nelson Mandela

Participating Schools

These are the schools that collectively cover the learning and living needs of their friends in Uganda.  Many of them match directly to one need for one child, while others raise funds to help us build a house to call our own, we have also leased gardens, field trips, and “luxury” purchases such as a fridge, art supplies, or musical instruments.

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