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Annotated Resources for Youth Activists

Apathy Is Boring.

The Apathy is Boring Project is a Canadian initiative that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy. This initiative was started to combat the lack of interest that youth had for politics and issues within their communities. This organization gives youth the necessary resources to contact political leaders and discover where they fit on the political spectrum. By getting involved as a volunteer for this organization, youth can have their writing featured on the organization’s website, organize volunteer kits, arrange data entries, and/or work to supervise the doors at special events. Apathy is Boring is a highly credible source, as it receives funding from the Canadian government. Many celebrities have also committed their time and work to this initiative.

Canada World Youth.

Canada World Youth (CWY) is a well-established organization that provides opportunities for Canadian youth to participate actively in the development of just, harmonious, and sustainable societies. CWY envisions a world of active, engaged global citizens who share responsibility for the well-being of all people and the planet. Youth activists are able participate in programs such as ‘Youth Leaders In Action, the ‘Global Learner’ program, as well as other short 6 week volunteer projects.
Free the Children.
Free The Children is the world's largest network of children helping children through education, with more than one million youth involved in our innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. The primary goals of the organization are to free children from poverty and exploitation and free young people from the notion that they are powerless to affect positive change in the world. Through domestic empowerment programs and leadership training, Free the Children inspires young people to develop as socially conscious global citizens and become agents of change for their peers around the world. Youth are encouraged to engage in social change by getting involved with campaigns such as ‘Celebrate for Change’, ‘Halloween for Hunger’, and ‘Vow of Silence’. For those who want to take on larger initiatives, the organization also offers the ‘Brick by Brick’, ‘Clean Water’, and ‘Alternative Income’ projects.


Oxfam Canada.

Oxfam Canada believes that people together can create a fair world, free of poverty and injustice. This organization works with allies in Canada and around the world to change the policies and practices that perpetuate human suffering. They support organizations in poor communities overseas in their struggle to secure basic rights. Oxfam's advocacy and campaigns for just policies are rooted in the knowledge and experience gained in that struggle. Youths can get involved with Oxfam's Youth and Student program and join a network of young people taking action for social justice in schools and communities across Canada and around the world.


TakingITGlobal is an organization that offers opportunity for youths the opportunities for learning, capacity-building, cross-cultural awareness, and self-development through the use of Information and Communication Technologies. On their website, a page is devoted to various opportunities that those interested can get involved in. By entering a bit of information in the fields, results show a wide range of paid job opportunities, volunteer placements, contests, scholarships, and academic exchanges. TakingITGlobal is heavily involved in creating accessible pathways for youth to get involved and make a difference.

TUNZA for Youth. United Nations Environment Programme.

TUNZA is an organization that is managed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The overall goal of this initiative is to empower youth to get involved with today’s global environmental challenges. UNEP hosts a variety of events and conferences that discuss issues such as climate change, “green jobs”, and disasters and conflicts and their implications on the environment and society. UNEP’s focus areas include awareness building, capacity building, information change, and facilitating the involvement of young people throughout the world.

UNICEF Canada.

UNICEF Canada has been working for children since 1955, and is now a recognized national symbol for the world’s children and the most visible United Nations presence across the country. UNICEF Canada’s mandate is to raise funds in support of UNICEF’s work for children in more than 150 countries and territories and to build awareness among Canadians about the issues facing the world’s children.. One of UNICEF Canada’s cornerstones is its Education for Development programme, which works with educators and students across the country to engage children and youth in international development issues such as HIV/AIDS, girls’ education, children and war, child labour and children’s rights. Youth activists can get involved with campaigns such as ‘Spread the Net’, ‘The Tap Project’ or attend their ‘Junior 8 Summit’.

War Child Canada.

War Child Canada is a registered Canadian charitable organization dedicated to providing urgently needed humanitarian assistance to war-affected children around the world. War Child Canada helps generate awareness, support and advocacy for children's rights everywhere. Youth activists are able to participate in their school and community through fund-raisers such as ‘Keep the Beat’, or start your own ‘War Child Group’.

World Vision Canada.

World Vision is Canada's largest private relief and development agency. In 2007, Canadians sponsored 454 309 children around the world. Child sponsorship helps fund World Vision Canada’s international long-term development projects. World Vision Canada has a long history of partnering with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and other government bodies in overseas development and in addressing global issues, such as child rights, hunger, and health.

Youth Challenge International.

Youth Challenge International is a non-profit organization that builds the skills, experience and confidence of young people to effect positive change in their communities. YCI’s vision aspires to help youths reach their full potential through active participation in the development of their communities. Volunteers travel to different parts of the world to work in and to gain experience in another culture. YCI believes that young Canadians have a meaningful contribution to make to international development and global youth development. Over the years YCI’s volunteers have become the leaders of Canadian non-profits and key contributors to society.

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