#FFWD is a landmark summit from YouthfulCities, CFC and RBC Future Launch that brings together young people from all over Canada -- pacific to atlantic to arctic, urban and rural -- to collaborate on the future of work. It’s a participatory summit, which means our participants won’t just be sitting back and listening; they’ll be hands-on collaborators and creators of the summit’s programming and will get an immersive experience unlike any other. The summit will compensate participants with a $500 honorarium with an additional $250 for costs of technological connectivity and will take place September 8th-11th.
COVID-19 has impacted Canada’s youth both as a health pandemic and an economic shock, and disproportionately affects marginalized groups. As it stands, youth -- especially at-risk youth -- are left out of COVID-19 relief and recovery policy consultation. This makes it difficult for youth to attain re-employment, government support, and community building opportunities. Careers are now seen as an unattainable commitment and many barriers are rooted in hiring practices and culture that reflect and reinforce systemic inequality; in addition, links to communities and shared spaces have been severed and youth are more isolated than ever. The future of work as a young adult seems precarious so with diverse youth perspectives from all over Canada, let’s reimagine it together.
Provide youth from coast to coast to coast with a funded opportunity to learn from mentors and one another, further their skills, and make lasting connections
Empower youth to continue leading social change in and beyond their communities
Connect groups of youth with diverse lived experiences
Youth-led brainstorming of tangible recovery actions, plans, and policies to support youth employment post COVID-19
To create sustainable and meaningful change within our communities post-Summit
Q: Can I join as an unpaid observer?
A: Unfortunately, the summit is a dialogue based program so we don’t have the capacity or infrastructure to support observers.
Q: What will I get out of this besides the stipend?
A: You will meet over a hundred ambitious, changemaking youth from across the country; get the opportunity to build a new future for yourself and your peers; build teamwork skills through collaboration and discussion; gain hands-on policy-making and social innovation experience; and be given the chance to build the future of work in Canada.
Q: Will I need to be online 9-5 on the 4 days of the summit?
A: Short answer: No. More details coming soon!