BIG ISSUES

The future of work as a young adult seems precarious. 3-5 years of experience for an entry-level job? The gig economy? Employment tied to health and dental benefits? Careers are now seen as an unattainable commitment and many barriers are rooted in hiring practices and culture that reflect and reinforce systemic inequality. The current environment for youth employment can be a disheartening maze, and circumstances like the COVID crisis, the tanking economy, and the shifting housing market are challenging our understanding and expectations for the future of work.

 

Hosted by CFC, Youthful Cities and RBC Future Launch, the ‘Future of Urban Work; Summit is a four-day virtual summit which will connect 120 young people selected from across the country, and provide a unique paid opportunity for youth to grow their network, build on their experience, develop their careers and advance solutions for the future of their communities.

FUTURE OF URBAN WORK

CLIMATE CHANGE

The climate change movement has taken the world by storm over the past few years: millions of young people have taken their future into their own hands through strikes, marches, and political action. It’s one of the first examples of a truly international youth revolutionary movement. 

To continue pushing this movement forward, we need to ensure information about climate change is open, inclusive, and accessible. 

 

In solidarity with activists around the world, YouthfulCities is putting together a global advisory council to formulate climate change indicators and develop the world’s first FOR youth, BY youth Climate Change Index. 

HOUSING

Housing and rental prices across Canada are climbing. COVID-19 has exacerbated this and more than ever, we are seeing that young Canadians are facing barriers to accessible housing.

If cities do not make themselves accessible to youth, they may be forced to or choose to leave, effectively alter the economy and unravel the social fabric of cities. We will be hearing from youth voices in order to explore the current challenges, existing actions, and potential solutions through our Housing Webinar series

BLACK LIVES MATTER

YouthfulCities' vision for the future is one where cities are built to be as connected, diverse, equitable, and accessible as possible, and we would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge the deep history of racism and anti-black violence that built the cities we call home. This racism is woven into the very structure of urban life -- from housing, to policing, to the job market, to the justice system -- and our work will never be complete until we as a society commit to ending the racism that affects every aspect of life here. Racism is alive in Canada, and it always has been, and we will never be free until it is eradicated. We offer our full, unequivocal support to the Black Lives Matter movement and to all those fighting for an end to racism, and we stand with you in that fight, now and always. We’re excited to create a platform with data, resources, and action points in order to help you be a part of this revolutionary movement.