The Youth Champions Program is a peer-to-peer learning exchange and collaboration space for Canadian and international youth, in a spirit of multi-generational collaboration with Canadian small and medium organizations (SMO).
The program aims to increase their capacities, opportunities, and contribution to public engagement on global issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly gender equality.
This nine month program starting in March 2021 will offer skills training, support, opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, tailored subject matter, and mentorship to SMOs and youth, who will then plan and implement public engagement activities to engage Canadians as global citizens.
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.
Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation and they will become part of a Youth Champions alumni network.
SMOs will benefit from focused learning opportunities to deepen their youth 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).
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.
In the case of Canadian youth, we may exceptionally select a person without a SMO partner. In this case, Spur Change may be able to facilitate the connection of a selected Canadian youth with a local Canadian SMO.
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.