Change Your World Youth Leadership Program

ACGC is very excited to welcome applications for the Change Your World; Youth Leadership Program! 

Take action for positive change! Apply for Change Your World and explore how Albertans contribute to international cooperation and development, and to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

ACGC will host 10 youth (ages 18-24) from August 20-29, 2021 in Calgary, Alberta. Through this hands-on program, youth will explore a range of topics related to international cooperation, including gender equality, human rights, and more. Participants will have the chance to visit organizations in Calgary, working locally and globally, and engage in dialogue and practical learning in our increasingly interconnected world. As global citizens, participants will become more prepared to foster positive change—at home and around the world!

If you’re passionate about sustainable development and gender equality and you’re willing to openly learn, share, and take action for a better world, we would love to have you! 

Change Your World 2021

  • 18-24 years old as of January 1, 2021
  • Currently living in Calgary or surrounding area (within a one-hour drive to Calgary)
    ***See Health Measures for further information***
  • Available for the complete duration of the program
  • Demonstrates a commitment to social justice at a local or global level 
  • Willing to design and implement a public engagement project following the program, with guidance and support from ACGC staff

ACGC welcomes applicants who may bring diverse perspectives to this program, including those who identify as visible minority group members, Black, Indigenous, persons of colour, persons living with disabilities, and members of under-represented gender and sexual orientation groups. 

We encourage newcomers to Canada to apply. Half of the spaces (5) will be held for participants who are newcomers to Canada from low- and middle-income countries who arrived after January 1, 2016.  

The program will begin Friday, August 20 at noon and end at noon on Sunday, August 29.

Participants will meet daily at the base location (TBD) at 8:30am and return home at 4:30pm.

Participants will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the base location in Calgary, with costs reimbursed by ACGC according to our travel policy. If arranging transportation is a barrier to participation, ACGC will work with youth to address this need.

Day trips outside of Calgary are tentatively planned, pending the public health situation in August. Any transportation to and from the base location to other sites or outside Calgary will be provided by ACGC (pending COVID-19 restrictions).  

A full detailed draft schedule will be made available to selected participants by the end of July 2021, with a full schedule by August 10th. 

Lunches will be provided.

There is no cost to participate in this program. This program is funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.

ACGC prioritizes the safety and security of our participants, staff, and facilitators. At a minimum, the following risk-mitigation measures are planned to ensure a successful and safe gathering:

 Health and Safety Measures:

  • All applicable Government of Alberta health and safety requirements at the time of the program will be adhered to and enforced.
  • All participants must attest to having received at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.  
  • All participants will be required to wear a mask when interacting with external guests during visits (even if the mask mandate is lifted).  
  • Disposable masks and sanitizer will be provided on-site. 

    Additional Safety Protocols:

  • For the health and safety of all participants, this program will take place in/around Calgary to reduce any risks of leaving/returning to health zones that may arise.  Applicants must have a permanent residence in Calgary or within a one-hour drive of the city. These measures are to ensure that, should a situation arise in which participants must isolate, they can safely and quickly return to their home.
  • Participants will be required to complete a daily self-assessment related to COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Out of solidarity and respect for the health and safety of the entire cohort, selected participants will be asked to limit their exposure to gatherings and groups leading up to the program, and in the evenings during the 10 days participating in the program.   
  • Before gathering on August 20, ACGC will provide participants with rapid COVID-19 tests if asymptomatic private testing is available at the time.

Location:

  • The program is being designed with the use of outdoor/open-air spaces as much as possible.
  • While the program is currently being planned for Calgary and the surrounding area, the location is subject to change to comply with health measures and to ensure safe access for participants.

Consent Form:

All participants will be required to sign a consent form detailing the final safety protocols in place for this in-person program. 

ACGC is committed to open communication with participants and will seek to monitor the health situation with input and feedback from participants. Logistical decisions regarding site visits and any day trips outside of Calgary will be made by August 10. ACGC reserves the right to alter or cancel the program in order to ensure compliance with public health measures. ACGC will not penalize any participant who may wish to withdraw their participation at any time due to health and safety concerns. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact ACGC’s Executive Director at director@acgc.ca.

Interested applicants are invited to fill out this application form by June 30th, 11:59pm MST.

If you have any questions, please contact the ACGC team by email at projects@acgc.ca.

About ACGC

The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) is a coalition organization with over 40 members focused on sustainable development and global citizenship. We aim to mobilize Albertans (like you!) to become more active global citizens engaged in sustainable development and gender equality, especially through increasing awareness, sharing knowledge, and strengthening connections to mobilize for global issues. 

Our values include respect, inclusiveness, equality, empowerment, human rights, collaboration, accountability, transparency, sustainability, and mutual learning.

Past Change Your World Programs

ACGC has been running Change Your World since 2010. 

  • 2010:  Ethiopia with Canadian Humanitarian
  • 2012:  Peru with Sombrilla International Development Society
  • 2013:  Nicaragua with Change for Children Association
  • 2015:  South Africa with Keiskamma Canada Foundation
  • 2017: Uganda with Mennonite Central Committee Alberta

In the past, youth travelled internationally to visit international development projects run collaboratively by ACGC’s partner organizations. This year, with limits on international travel, we are taking a new approach! 

Read more about past years.