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City of Toronto
School of Social and Community Services
Youth Space Advocacy Committees

Welcome and glad you are interested in joining a Youth Space Advocacy Committee. We are looking for 40 students to participate in one of two committees:

  1. The Funding & Partnership Advisory Committee supports members in learning about grant writing, grant proposals, progress report preparation, and strategic partnerships. They will then, use their skills and knowledge to work with youth to seek out appropriate grants for the Youth Spaces, programs and events.
  2. The Political Advocacy Committee focuses on understanding municipal governance, City of Toronto strategies, policies, civic engagement and community development. Members will work with youth or other equity-seeking groups on the politics of development and outreach.

How does it work?

  • Attend two evening training sessions per week for 6-weeks
  • Select or create an individual or team project to work on after your training is completed
  • Work closely with youth or equity seeking groups and City staff

What is the time commitment?

  • Mondays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 9:00 pm for 6 weeks (February 26 – April 5)
  • Followed by four months of direct service work with the hours and schedule determined by participants in consultation with City staff

What will you learn?

By the end of the six-month project, you will:

  • Increase your knowledge of the structure and functioning of municipal government;
  • Enhance your understanding of key municipal level policies (homelessness strategy, anti-poverty strategy, etc) and impacts on services and populations served;
  • Develop your interpersonal communication skills and abilities to engage with community-based youth in Youth Spaces and with equity-seeking groups;
  • Build your awareness of anti-oppression approaches to program delivery;
  • Expand your network building skills and meet people who can help you with your future plans;
  • Increase your practice based skills and abilities to create programs, services and resources;
  • Build your resume and your profile for further studies.

What are some other benefits of participating?

  • Network with City staff and Councilors
  • Attend free training on City policies like the Anti-Poverty Strategy and Safe City initiatives
  • Get access to free workshops on City of Toronto recruitment/hiring process
  • Apply your skills in real work settings with support and feedback
  • Get co-curricular credit on your Humber academic record
  • Apply hours to field placement work OR just build your resume
  • Build your professional skills and gain practical experience that is relevant for careers in child and youth work, developmental services, community and criminal justice, social service work and policing.

Who should apply for a committee spot?

  • Humber College students or recent graduates who are 24 years of age or younger Applications will be accepted from students with disabilities up to the age of 29.
  • Persons completing or who have completed a relevant diploma or degree in Child and Youth Care, Developmental Disabilities, Community or Criminal Justice, Police Foundations, Social Service Work, or Community Development
  • Persons interested in working in a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment

Complete the application form by Thursday, February 17th at 11:00 p.m.

Applications that meet age and commitment requirements are being accepted on a ‘first-come’ basis and will not be screened.