Active Citizens (AC), a partnership of the United Nations Association in Canada and the British Council, is a social leadership programme designed to help youth across Canada develop the soft skills required to better understand and address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their communities through social action projects. These projects can include social enterprise, non-profit, and other community initiatives. Interactive and participatory, AC training encourages youth to take responsibility for the needs of their communities and gives them the knowledge, skills and experience to address them. Now in its third year, AC has trained over 370 youth across Canada to make positive impacts in their communities.
|Attend a 3-day immersive training. Together with 20-30 peers, youth will explore issues of identity, intercultural dialogue and social action project structures.||Address the SDGs through social action projects in your Community. Armed with the AC framework, youth will return to their communities to implement their proposed SDG intervention.||Have a chance to attend the Youth Innovation Summit and receive seed funding. 12 exceptional participants will be selected to showcase their work, exchange ideas with peers and representatives from the public and private sectors, and have a chance to receive seed funding to support their projects.|
Eligibility: Participants 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 action projects 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 social action field in search of new tools to address a social or environmental issue, your application is welcome!
Please contact [email protected] for more information.
ACSE in a Nutshell
Attend a 3-Day Immersive Workshop
Together with 30-40 young people from across their region, participants attend an ACSE workshop to learn more about the SDGs, their community’s unique challenges and opportunities, and innovative ways to make an impact.
Implement an SDG-focused initiative in your community
Armed with new leadership skills and a strengthened network of fellow change-makers, participants implement social action projects in their communities, addressing the SDGs at the local level.
Have a chance to attend the Youth Innovation Summit
Of those trained, 15 Young Innovators are selected attend the Youth Innovation Summit in Ottawa, where they have the opportunity 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.
Check back in Summer 2018 for information on how to participate in the Third Edition!
Second Annual Youth Innovation Summit
March 12, 2018
The Youth Innovation Summit is a networking and capacity-building event, which gives up to 15 Young Innovators from ACSE programme the opportunity to showcase their ideas for addressing the SDGs through social enterprise.
Guest speakers included MP Anita Vandenbeld (Ottawa West-Nepean), Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque CMG, British High Commissioner to Canada, Kim Howson of RBC, Neil McLean of Social Enterprise Academy (UK), with a keynote address by Andrew Chunilall, CEO of Community Foundations of Canada.
Public’s Choice Award ($1,000) – Milton Calderon (Montreal, QC)
Most Promising Young Innovators – Farrah Seucharan (Ajax, Ontario) and Fergus Dearden (Halifax, NS)
Youth Innovation Award ($2,500) – Rebecca Dunphy, Sydney, NS
Congratulations to the winners and to all Young Innovators!
ACSE 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.
ACSE First Edition
The First Edition of ACSE trained 170 young people in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. 15 were were selected to attend the First Annual Youth Innovation Summit on Parliament Hill in March 2017 and they are currently participating in ACSE’s Coaching Programme, working with expert advisers to take their initiatives to the next level!
Learn more about the First Edition and the Coaching Programme below:
Meet the Experts
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