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.
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.
How to Apply
Ideal candidates are aged 18 to 35 and live in Canada. They 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? We welcome your application!
Applications are now closed! Please contact [email protected] to inquire about being placed on a wait list.
Our Local Trainers
Amanda Wong (Vancouver) is a returning trainer for the Active Citizen Social Enterprise program and has been a volunteer with UNA-Canada for over 10 years. Amanda is an HR specialist and currently works as the HR Manager for a BC Crown Corporation. She holds a BA in Political Science from Simon Fraser University and is currently completing a Master’s in HR Management at the University of Regina. Amanda is a certified yoga instructor and is an avid cyclist. She volunteers as a Domestique with WOW Cycling club, the only all women’s cycling club in Vancouver.
Farah Kammourieh (Calgary) is experienced working cross-culturally and across different sectors. She recently completed a year-long placement as an Entrepreneurship Advisor in Tamale, Ghana with Canadian project EQWIPHUBs. Farah worked directly alongside youth entrepreneurs who were on the look-out for opportunities in their communities and developing business plans. She also spent time working in business development and marketing for an Albertan construction company, where her interest in environmental sustainability was sparked. While completing her degree in International Relations and Economics at the University of Calgary, Farah worked at the Centre for International Students and also completed an internship in northern Ghana under what was then CIDA. As a first-generation Canadian Lebanese-Syrian, Farah is motivated to continue working internationally, in entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability.
Hayley Mundeva (Toronto) is a global health researcher, budding social entrepreneur and graduate of ACSE First Edition. Having lived in Nepal, Tanzania and Canada, Hayley has witnessed how differences in access to health care can directly impact people’s livelihoods. Hayley went on to major in global health during her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health degrees at UBC and SFU. She has since worked on projects investigating health outcomes in Tanzania, Malawi, and Ethiopia with the African Medical Research Foundation, the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, and St. Michael’s Hospital. Through these experiences, Hayley has enjoyed learning more about the global health field and expanding her professional network. Since graduating, she has also realized how few resources are available to help emerging leaders transition into global health work. This experience sparked her desire to found a social enterprise called GH90. By providing professional matchmaking services, training, and mentorship opportunities, this employment agency connects individuals who are searching for global health work with the businesses scoping new talent.
Mitch Harrison (Halifax) is a commerce graduate from Saint Mary’s University, who has had the opportunity to launch and manage social startups that address key needs and spur ideation. As Co-President of the Enactus SMU program, Mitch co-founded a community based social enterprise that seeks to turn the issue of food waste on farms into a solution for food insecurity in city neighborhoods. As a problem solver, Mitch has developed a passion for thinking outside the box to discover new solutions.
First Edition Youth Innovation Summit – March 30th, 2017
15 exceptional participants from the ACSE training were selected to attended the Youth Innovation Summit held on Parliament Hill in March, 2017.
For more information:
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Or call +1 (613) 232-5751 Ext 255