New ‘Active Citizens Social Enterprise’ Youth Training Launched

Submitted by Kirsti Battista on January 2, 2017 - 9:39am
Social leadership training for young Canadians between 18-35

The British Council Canada and the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) have launched  Active Citizens Social Enterprise (ACSE), a social leadership training programme that provides opportunity to young Canadians from diverse backgrounds, between 18-35 years of age, to learn about and experiment with social innovation through intercultural dialogue and community-led social development.

Recruited youth will gains skills to tackle local challenges that align with established Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets.

The programme will train 150 Canadian youth and local trainers in six cities across Canada on the ACSE toolkit, developed by the British Council and implemented in more than 10 countries. This workshop and toolkit enables participating youth to develop their leadership skills as social entrepreneurs to assist them in effectively addressing their identified community challenge.

During late March 2017, 10 youth participants will be chosen by a diverse Selection Committee to be part of the programme’s Innovation Summit in Ottawa. The Summit will showcase the youth’s passion and commitment for social enterprise while convening high level representatives from the public and private sectors, innovation-focused enterprises and start-ups, social enterprises of all sizes, British Council and UN representatives. This Summit will also provide opportunity for partnership development, to showcase social enterprise ideas, and innovation.

The British Council Canada and UNA-Canada are looking for diverse and talented young individuals who are committed to and passionate about social entrepreneurship, community-engagement, social development issues, and the SDGs.

To apply, interested candidates are encouraged to complete the application form. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until end of February 2017.