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What is Communities Building Youth Futures?

Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) is a five-year pan-Canadian project to work with up to 13 communities to develop system-wide solutions for supporting youth as they build and act upon plans for their future. Working in partnership with the Government of Canada, through the Goal Getters program, Tamarack Institute is committed to improving outcomes for youth who face barriers as they pursue their education and transition to employment and understands that this work requires collaborative, community-championed solutions with youth leadership and youth engagement.

Goals for the National Gathering 

  • Bring together 400 attendees to create connections between communities, with National Collaborative, youth serving organizations, and learners

  • Amplify youth voice through event planning, workshop presentation and participation 

  • Provide skills development and community coaching sessions

  • Inform policy and systems change opportunities

  • Inspire through stories and emerging practices from communities


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Features of our Learning Agenda

  • Building Youth Futures is a critical step in Ending Poverty in Canada – Investing in and supporting young people through their education to employment journey includes building youth resiliency, youth voice, and youth leadership. Creating communities which meaningfully engage young people is essential to ending poverty in Canada.    The May 6th plenary will be held jointly with Tamarack's Cities Reducing Poverty practice area

  • Renowned Keynote Speakers – featuring Melody Barnes, who worked directly with President Barack Obama, who will share her expertise with an emphasis on Ending Youth Poverty and Building Youth Futures

  • Creating Space for Youth as Change Makers – Change is already happening.  Across Canada, 13 communities are focused on amplifying youth voices.  These youth have something to say and through youth-focused CBYF workshops they will share their progress, lessons learned and advice

  • Community-Developed Projects that Build Pathways to Education & Employment – Innovation is at the forefront of Communities Building Youth FuturesCommunities will be showcasing emergent and innovative practices developed through their work. 

  • Learning that is Emerging through the Work of Supporting Youth – highlighting the work and stories of communities, youth and partners as they build youth resilience and engagement, community mobilization, social innovation, bridging the digital divide, and collective impact

  • Daily Small Group Discussions creating space for networking, discussion, brainstorming and troubleshooting amongst event registrants

  • Inspiring Workshops building foundations and allowing learners to dive deeper into the latest thinking and practice around youth engagement, collaborative leadership, community engagement:

    • Collaborative Leadership for Systems Change

    • Evaluation – how developing our meaning of evaluation can increase the benefits

    • Developing Meaningful Youth Engagement

    • Engagement in a Virtual World

    • and more …

Who Should Register

This virtual gathering is open to everyone. It will host members, learners and partners who are intentionally mobilizing to build a future where young people will thrive.

Youth, community leaders, government, funders, business leaders, and youth serving organizations will join together to learn and share emerging practices to build youth futures.

Register your Team today, to join us as we celebrate the progress and impact of Communities Building Youth Futures and journey toward the End of Poverty in Canada.

The registration rates (in Canadian dollars) are as follows:

• $199 for a single registration

• $175 per person for groups of 3 or more colleagues from the same collaborative attending together

• $150 per person for groups of 5 or more colleagues from the same collaborative attending together

Communities Building Youth Futures 

Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) members receive 15 complimentary seats to send representatives on behalf of your collective impact initiative to this event. You will also receive an additional 5 complimentary seats for youth from your collective impact initiative. (Please contact your Manager of Cities if you have any questions).

Members from the CBYF National Collaborative will also receive a complimentary seat.

If you are a member of Communities Building Youth Futures or the CBYF National Collaborative, register here.

Register for the Virtual Gathering

Register as a CBYF Member


Register as a non-member


Register as a National Collaborative member


For questions regarding this event, reach out to Trisha.
For questions regarding invoicing and payments, reach out to Mikayla.