Promoting Canadian leadership and innovation through social entrepreneurship
Applications are now open for the Second Edition of Active Citizens Social Enterprise!
In 2016/2017, the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) and British Council Canada launched Active Citizens Social Enterprise (ACSE) in communities across the country. The programme trained over 170 young leaders in how to use the ACSE framework to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their communities.
This year’s programme will take place in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. Together with young people from across their region, participants will attend a three-day, intensive training session during which they will explore the topics of identity, intercultural dialogue and community-conscious social entrepreneurship.
What will you do?
Attend a 3-Day Immersive Training
Together with 20-30 young people from across your region, you will attend an ACSE training session in one of six cities across the country: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.
Implement an SDG initiative in your community
Armed with the ACSE framework, you will return to your community after the training to implement your proposed SDG intervention with the support of peer or business mentors.
Have a chance to attend the Youth Innovation Summit in Ottawa
15 exceptional participants will be selected to travel to Ottawa on February 28th, 2018 to showcase their work and exchange ideas with high level representatives from the public and private sectors, including socially minded enterprises and start-ups, the Canadian Government and the United Nations.
Who is eligible?
To apply, you must be aged 18 to 35 and living in Canada.
Ideal candidates value fairness and social justice and have a strong sense of local culture and identity. They have excellent communication skills and are interested in exploring social entrepreneurship as a means of addressing a need in their community. Does this sound like you? Whether you’re a seasoned social entrepreneur or a newcomer to the field in search of new tools to address a social or environmental issue, we welcome your application!
How to Apply
Application deadlines vary depending on the city. To apply, submit your completed application form by midnight (EST) on the deadline corresponding to your city of choice.
Training Dates and Application Deadlines:
Vancouver, October 20-22 – Apply by October 4
Calgary, October 27-29 – Apply by October 9
Montreal, November 3-5 – Apply by October 9
Toronto, November 3-5 – Apply by October 9
Halifax, November 17-19 – Apply by October 29
Ottawa, December 1-3 – Apply by October 29
Best of luck!
First Edition Youth Innovation Summit – March 30th, 2017
15 selected participants from the ACSE training attended the Youth Innovation Summit held on Parliament Hill.
For more information:
Contact our Junior Project Officer
+1 (613) 232-5751 Ext 255
or [email protected]