Join Youth Building a New Economy project!

Are you passionate about issues of poverty and income inequality? So are we! If you are 15-25 years old and live in Metro Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories, we invite you to join our Youth Building a New Economy cohort and be a youth voice for advocacy on these issues!

Cohort Members:

  • Work with our partner organizations to bring youth voice to advocacy
  • Participate in meetings every three weeks to learn in depth about the issues
  • Can facilitate workshops on poverty and income inequality
  • Participate in on-going program assessment and evaluation efforts


October 2018 – February 2019 with potential to extend to June

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These are the types of initiatives you can get involved with:

  • Action based ways to work toward economic justice
  • Advocating for youth aging out of care
  • A national poverty reduction strategy
  • Enhancing youth governance in communities
  • Welfare food challenge
  • Getting youth voices at the table
  • Bringing youth perspectives, needs, and priorities to poverty reduction policy recommendations and implementation
  • Making poverty reduction youth friendly
  • Centering of lived experience stories

Dig deep in learning more about:

  • The root causes of income inequality on a local and global scale
  • Diverse youth perspectives and priorities in poverty reduction
  • Potential solutions to poverty and systems level change

Develop your skills in:

  • Community organizing
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Project development
  • Policy analysis
  • Community advocacy
  • Facilitation

Come join the Youth Building a New Economy project fall cohort! You will gain project-based experience with us and our partners:

  • BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
  • Exchange Inner City
  • First Call BC

What you get:
1. Training. Gain marketable skills that can be applied to a variety of professions, such as teaching, non-profit work, youth work, and others. Learn deeper critical analysis of issues and grow your facilitation and community organizing skills.
2. Ongoing support and mentorship. Cohort members will work within a team of like-minded peers, set learning objectives, apply feedback, and receive ongoing mentorship from experienced staff.
3. Unique experience being involved in important advocacy work with local organizations.
4. Honorarium for each workshop facilitated ($25), in addition to bus tickets for travel.
5. Other change-making opportunities like writing blog posts, organizing events, supporting community actions, and others. Network with other organizations, social justice groups and campaigns.
6. Certificate of completion.
7. Reference letters for the work you’ve done with us, upon request.

We are looking for youth who:

  • Are from diverse backgrounds and experiences and are between 15 and 25 years old
  • Want to build working relationships with local organizations
  • Want to connect with other like-minded youth to work on issues of poverty and income inequality
  • Have excellent organizational and time-management skills, and accountability
  • Will regularly attend evening meetings every three weeks
  • Are able to travel within Lower Mainland (transit tickets will be provided)

Important Dates:
September 28th, 5:30 – 8pm – Orientation – Come learn more about this opportunity!
October 1st, 10 am – Deadline for application
October 3rd, 6 – 8pm – “Speed Dating” – Meet our partner organizations *Please note that this time has been updated*
October 15th, 6 – 8pm – First meeting with your cohort team! *Please note that this time has been updated*

All events at the Broadway Youth Resource Centre (2455 Fraser Street, Vancouver).

Questions? Send Emily an email at emily[at] or give us a call at 604-704-1051!

We are committed to having a cohort that reflects the diversity of the youth population in the Lower Mainland. We encourage applications from people of colour, Indigenous individuals, newcomers and immigrants, members of the LGBTQ2+community, people of all genders and abilities, and members of other underrepresented communities.

To apply, fill out the form below. 

Application Deadline is Monday, October 1st @ 10:00 am.

Last call – still accepting applications! Get yours in as soon as possible!