Leaders in Residence
Like any other sector, youth workforce development is going through rapid change, with major transitions in leadership as the baby-boomer generation retires. It is critical we have the foresight to begin nurturing and supporting future leaders for our organizations. However, youth who are mobilizing at the grassroots level lack direct access to the industry leaders, policymakers and funders who make the decisions.
With this in mind, the CCYP Thought Leaders in Residence 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 Thought Leaders in Residence 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.
WHY BECOME A THOUGHT LEADER IN RESIDENCE?
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Thought Leaders in Residence 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 Residents will gain a full-time, paid placement for seven months working at the CCYP.
Through this residency, Residents 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