With major transitions in leadership as the baby-boomer generation retires, youth workforce development is going through rapid change. We need to begin nurturing and supporting future leaders for our organizations. However, youth mobilizing at the grassroots level lack direct access to the industry leaders, policymakers and funders who make the decisions.
With this in mind, the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity Fellowship Program was designed to engage dynamic young people in their 20's (age 18-29) to help advance policy and practice in Canada's workforce development sector. The program provides promising, bright young thinkers and doers who are mobilizing and advocating at the grassroots level with an opportunity to learn how to create systems-level change.
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The CCYP Fellowship Program has a focused set of goals, to ensure that there are both immediate outcomes as well as long-term outcomes that build the foundation for longer term sector stability.
Provide a youth perspective that strengthens the work at CCYP
Fellows will support existing projects that are core to CCYPs work.
Provide relevant on-the-job experience and skills development
We will advance the Fellows' personal and professional development through training, coaching, mentorship and collaborative work.
Create a “brain gain” for the sector
Youth voice is desperately needed in knowledge creation within the workforce development sector. Beyond the seven months of the program, it is our hope that exposure to the larger sector and the professional networks developed by the Fellows will significantly increase the likelihood that they build a career within the workforce development ecosystem.
WHY BECOME A CCYP FELLOW?
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The CCYP Fellowship Program provides promising, bright young thinkers and doers who are mobilizing and advocating at the grassroots level with an opportunity to learn how to create systems-level change. The Fellows will gain a full-time, paid placement for seven months working at the CCYP.
Through this program, Fellows would be exposed to policy, research, leadership, academic writing, evaluation, systems thinking, public speaking and more. It will also provide youth with access into the workforce development industry, while at the same time serve as a means of adding more youth perspective to the advocacy work at CCYP.
The mission of this program is to create an enabling environment that fosters and nurtures the next generation of Martin Luther King Jr’s and Nelson Mandela’s who will go on to challenge the status quo, advocate for the voiceless and truly move the needle at the systems-level.
Sample areas of advocacy may include working to improve:
how youth get jobs
youth job retention
the on-the-job experience for youth
work/job readiness training
access to employment for youth who have or are in conflict with the law
access to employment for Indigenous youth
youth readiness for the future of work
access to education, upskilling and reskilling for NEET youth