Youth Leadership

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!

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Sister to Sister Mentorship Program begins for 2021

Sister to Sister Mentorship Program begins for 2021

The Nobel Women’s Initiative and Coady International Institute are excited to welcome 15 emerging women leaders to our nine-week advocacy and communications program for young women activists. Together, our sisters from Mexico, Iraq, Liberia, Palestine, Guatemala, Honduras, Nigeria, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt and Myanmar/Burma will build a community of care and support; strengthen their capacities and skills, and co-create a new vision for inclusive feminist peacebuilding and women’s rights advocacy.

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They’re here: Education programs for 2021-22

They’re here: Education programs for 2021-22

Our largest online offering yet! We are offering an extensive program of online courses this year as we continue our commitment to developing knowledge and skills for social change. Online courses begin in April 2021 and offer the opportunity to learn with a cohort of change leaders from around the globe while balancing work and family commitments, offering affordable rates, and ensuring the health and safety of participants and staff by learning from home. Our program staff have developed five new courses, increasing opportunities for citizens passionate about social change – especially Indigenous, women, and youth leaders. Join us as we explore subjects ranging from feminist leadership and justice, to climate change and community resilience, to the future of work and workers, and more!

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Coady International Institute

St. Francis Xavier University
4780 Tompkins Lane
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

Phone: (902) 867-3960
Phone: 1-866-820-7835 (within Canada)
Fax: (902) 867-3907

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