Social Change Program

for Canadian Youth

A program for youth interested in gaining skills and experience in business, leadership, and social change.

Do you feel like you have something more to contribute to the world? 

 

Do you feel like there is a leader inside you waiting for the opportunity to show itself?  

Are you interested in learning effective marketing techniques that can be applied to any business?  

Do you want to change the lives of girls your own age while you become a more powerful version of yourself?
 

Then consider applying to Create Change's Social Change Program.

about this program

Over the past 6 years, Create Change has supported over 700 hundred students to gain valuable skills and experience that transforms youth into leaders who know how to get things done. Past participants have gone on to receive scholarships, win awards, and have helped to educate and empower dozens of girls living in extreme poverty.

Create Change's Social Change Program for youth is ideal for students who want to learn concrete skills, grow their confidence, and to get real world experience working on social justice issues.

The program offers a unique community of young people across Canada, as it is delivered through a virtual classroom platform.  The program is offered pro-bono thanks to our generous supporters who make this opportunity for Canadian youth possible.

program focus

practical

skills

Students learn a wide variety of tangible practical skills, preparing them for any professional setting.

confidence

building

Students learn to embrace failure and communicate effectively, so they have the confidence to try new things.

real- world opportunity

Students apply their learning through initiatives with the goal of changing lives of girls living in poverty.

requirements

Create Change programs do not require previous volunteer or leadership experience. We are looking for students ages 15 - 24, who are passionate about learning and are looking for an opportunity to acquire new skills, grow their confidence, and gain experience leading important social change.

how it works

delivered online

fundraising goals

To complete the requirements of each module, students must reach a set fundraising goal based on the learning they have gained through program classes. 

make an impact

All funds raised will support provide girls living in poverty in Ghana with education, confidence building programs and leadership opportunities. 

video pen-pals

Participating students will get regular updates of their impact and can take part in a video pen pal program with girls who are benefitting from their efforts. 

The program is offered virtually and available throughout Canada via Zoom webinar, so students can access the program on a laptop or smartphone.

program details

Required weekly class

Participants must attend a weekly 2 hour webinar/ conference call where instruction takes place.  

Lecture portion

The first half of online class time is dedicated to a lecture and group discussion.

Interactive portion

The second half of the online class time is dedicated to demonstration, practice, supervision and feedback.

Team meetings

Students will build teams, after which they will need to have weekly meetings together to plan.

Fundraising initiatives

Student teams will design and implement initiatives that work with their time availability and schedule.

Group coaching

Participants who proceed onto module 2 will get to participate in group coaching to shift mindset.

Recorded classes

Classes are recorded and available online so students can easily make up missed classes.

Flexible modules

Students can choose to participate in 1, 2 or 3 modules of the program, and can decide after starting.

Rolling basis

The program operates on a rolling basis, so you can participate in additional modules at a later date.

Ghana Trip

For those who complete module 3 and earn a Social Change Diploma, the program includes an 18 day trip to Ghana.

program structure

Students can choose to participate in one or all program components. Please be advised that students must complete the prerequisites to be eligible to proceed to the next module.  

Please note: Module 1, 2, 3 and the Ghana trip all can provide official volunteer hours.

INTRODUCTION

foundations

5 classes

Prerequisite: None

Fundraising goal: None

No certificate

MODULE 1

fundraising & marketing

10 classes

Prerequisite: Introduction

Fundraising goal: $1,000

Marketing & Fundraising Certificate

MODULE 2

leadership

10 classes

Prerequisite: Introduction + Module 1

Fundraising goal: $1,500

Leadership Certificate

MODULE 3

international development

10 classes

Prerequisite: Introduction, 
 Module 1 + Module 2

Fundraising goal: $3,500

Social Change Diploma

SUMMER

ghana trip

18 days

Prerequisite: Introduction, Module 1, Module 2 + Module 3

Included for those who complete the Social Change Diploma

*some costs apply

 

upcoming dates

As the program is offered on a rolling basis, students can choose to take breaks between modules depending on their schedule.  More dates will be added as the year progresses.  Please note that Module 3 and the Ghana Trip is only offered once a year.

INTRODUCTION:
foundations

Fall 2020
Wednesday Evenings
September 9th - October 7th

4:30 - 6:30 PM (PST) / 7:30 - 9:30 (EST)

FULL

Winter 2021
Monday Evenings
February 1st - March 1st

4:30 - 6:30 PM (PST) / 7:30 - 9:30 (EST)

Spring 2021
TBA

Completion results in a
 
Social Change Diploma

MODULE 1:
fundraising 
& marketing

Fall 2020
Wednesday Evenings
October 14th - December 16th

4:30 - 6:30 PM (PST) / 7:30 - 9:30 (EST)
FULL

Winter 2021
Monday Evenings
March 8th - May 10th

4:30 - 6:30 PM (PST) / 7:30 - 9:30 (EST)

Spring 2021
TBA

Spring 2021
Monday Evenings
May 17th - July 19th

4:30 - 6:30 PM (PST) / 7:30 - 9:30 (EST)

MODULE 2:
leadership

Winter 2021
Wednesday Evenings
January 20th - March 24th

4:30 - 6:30 PM (PST) / 7:30 - 9:30 (EST)

Summer 2021
TBA

MODULE 3:
international
development

Spring 2021
Wednesday Evenings
April 14th - June 16th

4:30 - 6:30 PM (PST) / 7:30 - 9:30 (EST)

Spring 2022
TBA

SUMMER
ghana 
trip

Summer 2021
July 2021
Dates TBA

Summer 2022
TBA

more questions?

Still have questions about how the program works?  Visit our FAQ page and hopefully we can give you a clearer picture of what to expect.

testimonials

testimonials from past programs

sample impact

video

Nicole

Eric Hamber Secondary

I feel like I really grew as a leader and learned about my own leadership style.

Shirley

Magee Secondary

Every meeting is very fun, I learn something new every time. I really like how our mentors encourage us to not set a limit on our goals and on ourselves.

Paula

Carson Graham Secondary

Before this program I was very shy. I really developed my communication skills, while helping a girl my age on the other side of the world.

Shadi

Sentinel Secondary

You get to learn so much about marketing and you actually get to use the skills you learn. There’s a lot of learning by doing.

Marley

Seycove Secondary

I’ve learned how important the leadership skills come into every aspect of my life. It opens up so many doors and so many opportunities.

Maelin

Britannia Secondary

Do it for a girl in Ghana, but most of all do it for yourself because you’ll learn so much about what you are capable of that you never expected.

are you ready?

Are you interested in this program?  You can either register right now, or contact us with any questions you might have to help you to  decide if this program is for you! 

Please be advised that there is no registration deadline.  We continue to accept registrations until the program cohort is full.  We often reach capacity so be sure to reserve your spot!

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE NOW ONLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR WINTER COHORT SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN JANUARY 2021.

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