The Youth Champions Program brings together Canadian small and medium organizations (SMOs) and Canadian and international youth in a multigenerational and peer-to-peer learning exchange and collaboration. The program aims to increase their capacities, opportunities, and contribution to public engagement on global issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and particularly gender equality.
This six month-program starting in February 2020 will offer tailored subject matter, skills training, support, opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and mentorship to SMOs and youth, who will then collaborate to plan and implement 5 public engagement opportunities in their regions.
Youth will benefit not only from the training, but also from opportunities to deepen their understanding and engagement, and address and overcome barriers to their meaningful participation in the international cooperation sector and on global issues. They will also have opportunities to influence decisions at the organizational level. Youth participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.
SMOs will benefit from a concentrated opportunity to learn about, deepen their engagement, and collaborate with youth, and the general public through this experience.
The application process for the Youth Champions Program is meant to be a collaborative process between the SMO and the youth (Canadian or international) that it is nominating.
SMOs are encouraged to discuss the opportunity with the youth they wish to nominate, sharing with them the program objectives, activities, expectations, and requirements.
Each of the SMOs and Youth are expected to complete a separate application form. Applications will not be accepted unless they are received from both parties. We strongly suggest that the person completing the application from the SMO will be the actual person responsible for working and supporting the Youth throughout the program.
SMOs are welcome to nominate either a Canadian or an international youth.
SMOs are welcome to nominate more than one youth, bearing in mind that only one Canadian and one international youth will be selected per region, and that each youth will have to submit an application.