Active Citizens is a social leadership training programme that provides the opportunity to young diverse Canadians, between the ages of 18-35, to learn about and experiment with social innovation through intercultural dialogue and community-led social development. Active Citizens aims to provide Canadian youth the skills to tackle local challenges that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target.
In its First Edition and Second Edition ( 2016-2018) the programme has trained over 300 young Canadians on the Active Citizens toolkit (3-Day Immersive Training). Training sessions have taken place in eight cities across Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto,Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax). Armed with the Active Citizens framework, participants have returned to their communities after the training, to implement their proposed SDG intervention, with the support of peers or business mentors.
In addition, the 15 top ideas are invited to Ottawa every year to partake in the Active Citizens Annual Youth Innovation Summit which convene high level representatives from the public and private sector, innovators and startups, social enterprises of all sizes, British Council and UN representatives. This Summit also provides the opportunity for partnership development, to showcase social enterprise, ideas and innovation. Travel bursaries are available for those selected to attend the Summit in Ottawa. To lean more about our Youth Innovation Summits, click in the following links:
- First Annual Youth Innovation Summit (March 2017)
- Second Annual Youth Innovation Summit (coming soon, March 12th, 2018)
Objectives of Active Citizens
- Showcase Canadian youth leadership in social entrepreneurship
- Create a portal of best practices on social enterprise as a reference for aspiring entrepreneurs
- Connect talented young Canadians with peer coachers to assess the implementation capacity of their proposed business plans
- Report best practices, lessons learned, and stories about the participants to all funders and stakeholders of the programme
Who is eligible?
Young leaders (aged 18 – 35) living in Canada.
If you are committed to and passionate about community-engagement, social development and social entrepreneurship. If you have a passion for the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) and an idea for how you could address one of them in your community, then we want 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 !
ACSE 2ND EDITION , TRAINING SESSIONS
Applications are now closed for the 2nd Edition of Active Citizens, Stay tuned for Active Citizens 3rd Edition, (2018).
|Date of training||Venue|
|Vancouver||Frid-Sun, Oct 20-22, 2017|
|Calgary||Frid-Sun, Oct 27-29, 2017||Innovative Calgary|
|Montreal||Frid-Sun, Nov 3-5, 2017||Ideal Coworking|
|Toronto||Frid-Sun, Nov 3-5, 2-17||Ryerson University|
|Halifax||Frid-Sun, Nov 17-19, 2017||Saint Mary´s University|
|Ottawa||Frid-Sun, Dec 1-3, 2017||British High Commisison in Ottawa|