Youth Leadership

Recent events around the world demonstrate that young people are at the heart of social justice and social change.  The Coady Institute recognizes both the need for and the capacity of youth leaders to play a pivotal role in community change. We are dedicated to providing knowledge-sharing, global experiences and education to support the aspirations of youth leaders in Canada and the developing world. Grounded in the Coady International Institute’s approach to citizen-led development, Coady Youth Programs offers learning opportunities for young leaders to develop the capacity for citizen action towards a more just world.

OceanPath Fellowship
Applications closed for 2016

This year-long experiential learning and community development Fellowship is designed to provide young people with opportunities to further develop skills in becoming active and effective change-makers. Through working with a community – local, national or international – with which they have a connection, Fellows foster sustainable and positive social change in the world.

Targeted towards students 29 years old and under who are about to graduate from undergraduate or Masters level study at McGill, uOttawa, Queen’s or StFX, the program offers up to $25,000 in funding to support Fellows’ travel, living expenses and project costs, while providing them with comprehensive learning support and ongoing guidance throughout.

If you have a meaningful connection with a community and an innovative idea of how that community can be strengthened, this program might be for you!

Global Youth Leaders
Applications now open for 2016.

This three-week certificate is for young development leaders (20-30 years old) from developing countries to develop and deepen their leadership capacities in order to contribute to innovation and change in their organizations and communities. Participants are provided with the opportunity to share ideas and to exchange experiences with other practitioners from around the world. A wide variety of presentation, case study, and experiential and participatory methods are used.

Skills for Social Change
This program is not being offered in 2016.

This certificate at Coady Institute is targeted toward North American youth (19 - 35 years old). The course brings together young community practitioners seeking to explore the personal, local and global complexities of community engagement and development. Youth leaders are invited to share best practices and experiences, challenge each other's realities and gain new skills and knowledge in order to participate more fully in citizen-centred social transformation and creation. 


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