Here's a closer look at what to expect!

The Youth Leadership Forums build on the successful Canada 150&Me project presented in 2017.  The Canada 150&Me Legacy Book documents the journey of thousands of youth who participated in events held in Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, Winnipeg, and Ottawa.  Take a closer look at the reflections and impact of past participants by downloading a free digital copy here.

RBC Future Launch

Experiences Canada is proud to partner with RBC`s Future Launch initiative - a commitment to help young Canadians prepare for a drastically changing workforce.  The youth leadership forum will help young Canadians build new skills, gain hands-on community service experience, and build their personal networks. You can find out more about the many youth initiatives RBC supports here.

This year’s theme: Diversity and Inclusion

Canada 150&Me project participants identified diversity and inclusion as one of the top challenges or opportunities facing our country for their generation.  Appreciating the value of difference, and ensuring that all youth regardless of geography, gender, race, ability or economic circumstance are able to realise their full potential was the principle and opportunity many youth shared.  The participants also identified several challenges to be addressed related to diversity and inclusion.  They included addressing systemic barriers due to racism and discrimination, preventing feelings of anxiety, isolation and exclusion due to bullying.  This year's forum will delve deeper into these areas and challenge participants to think creatively about how they can make a difference in their schools, and in their communities.

Youth Forums Selection Process

Youth participants (aged 14- 18) interested in attending the Leadership Forum on Diversity and Inclusion have until April 30th to follow a two-step process:

  1. - Complete the Registration online
  2. - Complete the submission process that includes uploading a personal bio and answering the question “What are the barriers to and benefits of true diversity and inclusion in your community?” (your answer can be delivered in any format: a written piece, an artwork, a video of a performance)
A team of volunteer judges will assist Experiences Canada in reviewing all submissions over the first two weeks of May.  The final selection will be determined based on three factors:
  1. - The quality of your submission
  2. - Your personal bio and interest in issues of diversity and inclusion
  3. - Ensuring a representative balance of Canada’s geographic, cultural, and linguistic diversity

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The Program Schedule

We have an amazing week planned!  A copy of the working schedule can be found here,  but here are some of the highlights!   We are pleased to announce that Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is a partner in the project and will be  gu…

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The Youth Leadership Forum will offer youth from across Canada the opportunity to lead and be part of an intensive week-long experience exploring issues of diversity and inclusion to be held in the Greater Toronto Area from June 29 – July 6th 2019. The week-long leadership forum will offer youth mentorship and hands-on volunteer experiences, along with the opportunity to work together, guided by creative industry professionals, to present ideas and solutions for personal action to younger elementary school aged children in a half-day Youth Forum that they design and produce.

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Program Partners

Experiences Canada is grateful to be working in collaboration with these amazing program partners to create and plan the workshops and activities for the Diversity and Inclusion Youth Leadership Forum!

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Youth Leaders

A close-knit team of inspiring young people will accompany the youth participants, supporting them in their week-long series of experiential learning activities and preparing them for their role at centre stage of the Youth Forum Day.

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