Last year, the world’s population surpassed seven billion people, more than half of whom are under the age of 30. Young people are at the heart of today’s great strategic opportunities and challenges, from rebuilding the global economy to combating violent extremism to building a sustainable environment. Coady programs support the aspirations of young leaders around the globe for positive social change.
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.
Pathy Foundation Fellowship
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 Bishop’s, McGill, uOttawa, Queen’s or StFX, the program offers up to $40,000 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!
For more information about youth programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For her Pathy Foundation Fellowship initiative, Laila is working alongside Sakeenah Homes – an organization that provides culturally-sensitive supports for Muslim women and children – to develop a rehabilitation program for Muslim women survivors of human trafficking.
“I no longer see myself as the person who is going to bring change. I want to be a member who will support other people, and at the same time, let the community bring the change to their own situations – because that will give them not only more power over the initiative, but they’ll be accountable to what happens, and they might be more willing to sustain the initiative if it belongs to them.”
Coady Graduate Nivantha Balendra (Pathy Fellowship) recently spoke with Forbes about closing a $3-million funding round for her clean tech startup, Dispersa.