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STEP OUT.  STAND UP.  LEAD.

The
Social Change Program

The flexible high impact volunteer program that transforms youth into leaders of change.

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MAYBE THIS SOUNDS LIKE YOU-

You want to make a difference, but life is so busy already and any opportunity out there seems to lack substence.  

Between extracurricular activities, school and social commitments, it's hard to figure out where to find time to get involved in a cause to make a difference.  The opportunities to get involved either require a huge time commitment, or don't seem to really offer a chance to do something meaningful.  

We're guessing there are probably a lot of causes that you care about, and you would really like to do something to contribute.  

But the problems are overwhelming.  How do you just get up one day and start changing things?

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We know you have something to contribute. 

Here's your chance.

FINALLY, A PROGRAM DESIGNED TO WORK FOR YOU.

FLEXIBLE TIME COMMITMENT

so you can invest just a few weeks, or a few months depending on your interest.

 FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE

including workshops, social events, and fundraising initiatives.

WORK AT YOUR OWN PACE

to ensure you can succeed regardless of how busy your schedule is.

NEW SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

so you can expand your networks and meet youth from across the country.

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Introducing

The Social Change Program

BECOME SOMEONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO STAND UP, TAKE ACTION, AND LEAD OTHERS TO CREATE CHANGE.  

The Social Change Program is not like other programs where you “discuss the issues” — it’s a proven framework for making an impact.

 

It's designed to grow your confidence and build your skills, so you’ll go on a personal empowerment journey where you become a person who knows how to stand up, step out, and take action.

 

You’ll learn from a real-world change-maker who ACTUALLY walks the talk,  and you’ll meet other young aspiring changemakers from across Canada.

 

(And yes — you CAN do this even if you’re crazy-busy. It’s designed to fit your life.)

We offer a unique structure where you can pick and choose how far to take your leadership.

Get the Basics

MODULE 1

INTRO TO SOCIAL CHANGE

Learn to Lead

MODULE 2

SOCIAL CHANGE LEADERSHIP

Inspire Change

MODULE 3

SOCIAL CHANGE ACCELERATOR

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AND MOST IMPORTANTLY

A chance to impact the lives of hundreds of people. 

This program provides you with the opportunity to lead change for young women struggling with extreme poverty in Northern Ghana; young women who dream of becoming leaders themselves to bring change to their families and communities.  

The Social Change Program directly supports
Create Change Foundation,  which has been bringing life-changing programs that provide girls and young women with access to education, training, and leadership opportunities for the past 15 years.

Through live events and working with the charity's Executive Director, you will get direct contact with young women in Ghana who are benefitting from your efforts, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how an international grassroots charity operates.

Become part of a beautiful cycle of change, where your leadership empowers young women living in poverty to become leaders themselves.

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"This program shows people how to make a difference in the world."

"Before this program, I knew I had a purpose, I just didn’t know how to use it, how to find it, or how to fulfill that.  Working with Shannen has shown me this, and I now see a bright path ahead of me, and for that, I am eternally grateful."   

 

- KAYA B.

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WHAT YOU WILL FIND

Inside the Program

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MODULE 2

Social Change Leadership

Pre-requisite: Module 1

8 WEEKS   
25 - 75 VOLUNTEER HOURS

Fundraising goal: $1,500

If you've ever wanted to know what kind of leader you'd be- here's your chance.  In this leadership module we prepare you to to take the next step - engaging others to get involved by building a team that you will lead.

Don' t worry if you've never done anything like this before- the program will walk you thorugh every step.  In your new leadership role, together we will work on: 

  • Shifting your mindset so you're ready to step out as a leader

  • Strategies to overcome the fear that holds you back

  • Ways to build an effective team from scratch

  • How to fundraise any amount by creating super solid fundraising plans

  • How to communicate your mission so the wider community is excited to support you

  • How to be not just a good leader, but a great leader who inspires people to get involved.

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MODULE 1

Intro to Social Change

4 WEEKS   
5 - 25 VOLUNTEER HOURS

Fundraising goal: $500

You want to grow your leadership skills and learn how to make a difference, but where do you begin?  In this introductory module, we’ll guide you through the first steps to start having an impact.

 

In this module we'll take a look at :

  • The basics of how to tell an effective story that will get people interested 

  • How to utilize your networks that you never knew you had

  • How to create a solid pitch that will get people excited to support you

  • The step-by-step process for several fundraising initiatives that have led hundreds of students to success

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MODULE 3

Social Change Accelerator

Pre-requisite: Module 1 + 2

12 WEEKS   
100+ VOLUNTEER HOURS

Fundraising goal: $3,000

Want to take your leadership to the next level?  Our accelerator module is for those leaders who have big dreams for their leadership and want to deepen their knowledge, improve their skills, and amplify their influence.  

Whether you want to continue working to empower young women in Ghana, or you want to use your leadership skills to advocate for something totally different, the Social Change Accelerator will help you to clarify your vision, help you set lofty goals, and prepare you to lead like a professional.

 

This unique and intensive module includes workshops packed with activities to help you see real momentum within weeks, as well as group coaching sessions to ensure students are on track to achieve their goals.  

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"This program helped me to reach my goals."

“This program is about helping you get better so you can help others. The impact of this program affects so many parts of your life. Shannen and this program are one of the main reasons I have been able to reach my goals and become someone I am so proud of."

 

- TAHLIA C.

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MEET YOUR FACILITATOR

Hi, I'm Shannen

As the Executive Director of Create Change Foundation, my programs have helped thousands of women in West Africa to become leaders of change. I’ve raised millions of dollars, and together, we’ve helped to improve the lives of 100,000+ people in extreme poverty. 

 

While I have a passion for international development, I'm equally excited about working with youth across Canada to make our work in Ghana possible.   It is so rewarding to empower a new generation of change leaders — namely, you!

 

You see, like you, my heart was called to help the world. But at first, I didn’t know how.

 

So I got a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development. And a Master’s Degree in Human Rights. 

 

Yet when it came time to enact real change — when I found myself leading an international team and needed to raise millions of dollars to support my vision — I was on my own. 

 

The hardest lessons weren’t taught in school . . . and the real-world dynamics of social change were something I had to figure out — alone — like all young social-justice crusaders.

 

I’d like to change that.

 

I hope that the Social Change Program can multiply our collective impact . . . and that it helps to empower you to get started as a leader of social change. 
 

I can't wait to get started working together!

Shannen

The Skills &  Experience 

THAT WILL TRANSFER TO EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE.

Here's the kind of stuff we'll cover:

HOW TO USE VOLUNTEER WORK TO BUILD ROCK-SOLID CONFIDENCE

SETTING GOALS SO YOU ACTUALLY ACHIEVE THEM


THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF CARE IN ACHIEVING YOUR DREAMS

STRATEGIES TO CRUSH FEAR AND GROW YOUR COMFORT ZONE

HOW TO BUILD A TEAM OR COMMUNITY TO GET BEHIND YOUR GOALS

HOW TO CREATE PLANS THAT PAY OFF

HOW TO ASK ANYONE FOR ANYTHING, ANYTIME


SIMPLE STRATEGIES TO TRANSFORM INTO AN INSPIRING LEADER

 

This is an opportunity to meet like-minded young people from across the country through our private online community hosted on Mighty Networks, a free app.

The program offers an opportunity to exchange feedback, gain encouragement, and build new connections. No one is better equipped to cheer you on, provide advice, and relate to the ups and downs of trying to create social change than other students your own age who are going through exactly the same challenges.

MADE UP OF ASPIRING LEADERS FROM ACROSS CANADA, OUR YOUNG COMMUNITY IS ONE-OF-A-KIND SOCIAL OPPORTUNITY.

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Join Our Amazing Community

DID WE MENTION YOU GET TO

"You get to meet amazing people."

“My favourite part of the program was getting to know my fellow change makers. I felt empowered and motivated by these amazing people, and it gave me so much hope!”

 

- AMREET G.

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The Details

JUST TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL THE INFO YOU NEED

WEEKLY CLASSES

Participants are expected to attend a weekly 1-2 hour online class where instruction and learning takes place.  

TEAM MEETINGS

In Module 2 students will build teams, after which they will need to have weekly meetings together to plan.

RECORDED CLASSES

Classes are recorded and available online so students can easily make up the classes that they miss.

LECTURE PORTION

The first half of online class time is dedicated to a lecture to review concepts and best practices.

FUNDRAISING 

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

FLEXIBLE MODULES

Students can choose to participate in 1, 2 or 3 modules of the program, and can decide as they go.

INTERACTIVE PORTION

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

GROUP COACHING

Group coaching is available to students who proceed to Module 2 to work on shifting their mindset and to set goals.

ROLLING BASIS

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

Upcoming Dates

IN CASE YOU WANT TO PLAN AHEAD...

WINTER 2023

Wednesday Evenings
February 15th - March 8th
4:30 - 6:30 PM (PST) / 7:30 - 9:30 (EST)

MODULE 1

Intro to Social Change

SPRING 2023

Monday Evenings
May 8th - 29th
4:30 - 6:30 PM (PST) / 7:30 - 9:30 (EST)

SUMMER 2023

July - August
Dates and Times TBA

MODULE 2

Social Change Leadership

Tuesday Evenings
February 21st - April 11th
4:30 - 6:30 PM (PST) / 7:30 - 9:30 (EST)

SPRING 2023

Wednesday Evenings
April 12th - May 31st
4:30 - 6:30 PM (PST) / 7:30 - 9:30 (EST)

FALL 2023

September - October
Dates and Times TBA

WINTER 2023

FALL 2023

September - December
Dates and Times TBA

MODULE 3

Social Change Accelerator

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BECOME PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER

Our cycle of change starts with you.

There is a girl sitting on the other side of the world right now.  A girl who is smart and hardworking and has a ton of potential.  She is tired of watching her family struggling to get just one meal a day.  The odds feel stacked against her and she feels powerless to change anything.

That's where you come in.  Your choice to participate in this program will mean she will have a chance.  A chance to get a better education.  A  chance to build her self-esteem and confidence.  And the chance to get the training and mentorship she needs to stand up and start leading change.

Our cycle of change empowers you to empower girls who will change the lives of hundreds.

(PRETTY COOL, RIGHT?)

DON'T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT

What past students had to say.

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"I raised $2,000 in 6 weeks."

“Because of working with Shannen, with no previous experience, I raised $2000 in six weeks. And I became a more confident speaker after leading team meetings. I’m incredibly proud of myself!"

URUB M.

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"Before I knew it I had a team of 20."

“Before working with Shannen, I didn't know I could really grow my leadership skills — but before I knew it, my team had 20+ members!"

CIANA D.

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"I started believing in myself."

"It was amazing to work with Shannen! She gave me a new perspective every week. She was very understanding and pushes you to believe in yourself."

HANNON R.

A Few More Questions Answered

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Do I need previous experience?

Absolutely not! The program is designed to help you achieve your goals whether you've never done anything like this before, or you have a ton of leadership and social change experience. Whatever level you are at, the program is designed to work for you!

NEXT QUESTION

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So if you were ready YESTERDAY to get started with your leadership journey, join the Social Change Program and unlock: 

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A flexible system to help you transform into a leader of change, with 3 levels of leadership opportunities.

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The official volunteer experience you need for school, your CV, university and scholarship applications.

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Access to Create Change's online private community of young aspiring leaders.

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The opportunity to empower young women and change the lives of hundreds of people living in poverty.

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"This program changed my life."

"Joining this program was a first step in altering my life in an amazing way.  I joined so I could learn to impact others, and to train to be a leader.  This leadership training changed my life, and is now part of who I am."

- ARIBA B.

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SHOW THE WORLD WHAT YOU'RE CAPABLE OF

The
Social Change Program

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