After a successful first two years, during which over 300 young social innovators were trained at 12 workshops across the country, Active Citizens Social Enterprise (ACSE) is returning in 2018/19 with a new name and a new focus! Moving forward, the social leadership training programme, run in partnership with United Nations Association in Canada ( UNA-Canada) will be called simply, ‘Active Citizens’.

What is it? 

Active Citizens is a social leadership training programme designed to help young social innovators develop the soft skills required to better understand and address the needs of their communities, through the lens of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Who is it for? 

Motivated, open-minded young people, aged 18-35, who are interested in developing or improving their leadership skills and tackling a social and/or environmental issue in their communities.

What will the participants do?

  • Attend a free, three-day workshop with a diverse group of change-makers in their community (This year’s workshop sessions will take place in Toronto and St John’s, Newfoundland)
  • Build their network and learn from peers, experienced facilitators and local experts and community leaders from Canada and the UK
  • Boost their leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable development skills, expand their network, and learn how to take an entrepreneurial approach to solving their community’s most pressing challenges
  • Have the chance to showcase their social action project at the Youth Innovation Summit in Ottawa in March, 2019.
  • Be part of the global programme Active Citizens, which has been implemented in 68 countries.


Applications are now open for Toronto from November 23-25, apply by clicking here. Deadline for applications is November 12! Stay tuned for the workshop session in Toronto.

St. John's, Newfoundland October 12-14 Memorial University -
Toronto, Ontario November 23-25 - Click here!

Want to learn more? 

Visit our website to learn more about past editions.