Program Types: Arts and Culture, Community-Led, programs, Youth Programming,

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Are you fed up with a system that wasn’t built for you? Are you looking to build the skills and join a community that can help you make a change?

Calling all 2SLGBTQ+, BIPOC youth and allies (ages 16-19) in the Greater Toronto Area who have a passion for social justice and interest in grassroots advocacy. The Building Power: Youth Advocacy Project is an opportunity for youth to build their power through growing advocacy, leadership, and organizing skills.

We’re building a movement of youth who are ready to fight for justice and a better world. Does that sound like you? Join us! 

2SLGBTQ+, BIPOC youth face deep-rooted, systemic barriers due to their intersectional identities. But our histories of fighting for justice show us that when we work together, we can win. Whether you’re interested in queer, trans, and 2-spirit issues, climate justice, economic fairness, safe access to healthcare, housing, or anything else that your community deserves, we want to support and work with you. Through skills building, networking, workshops, and paid internships, together we can build our power to make real change for our communities.

There are two different pieces to this project:

Arts-Based Community Engagement (Beginning January 2023) 

6-8 weeks arts-based programs focused on developing social justice skills and understanding, such as poster-making, animation, illustrations, movement and dance, drag performance, and using art as an organizing tool. These cycles will be open to all eligible youth who apply.

Youth Advocacy Training Program (January – August 2023) 

Beginning January 2023, 10-15 youth will participate in weekly workshops and longer intensives focused on building hard and soft advocacy and organizing skills, social justice awareness and education, and broader skills development. We will work with successful participants to co-develop the curriculum to meet their needs and interests.

The program will end with a 5-week paid summer placement/internship opportunity in areas of advocacy with a partner organization in a subject area that you are most interested in.

This program is free; all who meet the criteria are invited to apply.

Interested in applying or finding out more? Email YouthPrograms@The519.org for more information or apply by clicking the button at the top of the page!

    Contact Program Coordinator

  • Vanessa Patterson
  • She/Her
  • Coordinator, Youth Advocacy Programs
  • VPatterson@the519.org

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