February 24-26, 2023

Oxfam Canada x Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity Youth Summit

Using your power to lift up communities at home and around the world.

Real change happens when people come together and use their collective power to lift up their communities. Together we have the ability to represent an array of people, issues and lived experiences, all with a shared passion for advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), and ending the injustice of poverty and inequality. That is why Oxfam Canada and the Canadian Centre for Gender, Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) are calling on youth activists, community leaders and passionate individuals from across the country to come together and attend the Youth Summit!

About the Youth Summit

CCGSD and Oxfam Canada will convene young SRHR activists from across Canada to gain skills related to providing, educating, and advocating for CSE and SRHR in their communities. The Youth Summit is a free, three-day summit packed with workshops, inspiring speakers, and breakout sessions focused on SRHR issues and advocacy. Participants will leave inspired, connected, knowledgeable and equipped with skills to advocate for a positive change under the broad umbrella of SRHR, including an explicit focus on 2SLGBTQIA+ CSE.

Applicants from anywhere in Canada, excluding Quebec, aged 18 to 29, are welcome to apply. However, ten spots are specifically set aside for youth aged 18 to 25 who are part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community from Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, St. John’s, and Regina to participate more meaningfully in conversations on CSE with CCGSD. Our overarching goal with these spots is to support young 2SLGBTQIA+ leaders by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to bring CSE into their community spaces using an intersectional feminist and anti-racist approach to advocate for CSE, SRHR, and other 2SLGBTQ+-related issues in political settings.

Youth will participate in interactive sessions that build their capacity in CSE that addresses the needs of diverse populations. They will also learn how to advocate for the needs of themselves and their communities, specifically around CSE and SRH, to decision-makers.

Event Details

WHEN

February 24-26, 2023

WHERE

Ottawa, Ontario

HOW

This training is free of charge. Oxfam Canada and CCGSD will provide participants with training materials to make the most of the experience. Oxfam Canada and CCGSD will also cover the cost of travel to Ottawa and accommodations.

What You Will Learn

Use Your Power To Lift Up Communities

by learning and practicing key advocacy tools, developing knowledge from the training provided by topic experts and discovering new ways to help create a just world without poverty and inequality, focusing on the importance of SRHR and CSE.

Strengthen The Ropes Of Solidarity

across the SRHR and CSE movement by sharing knowledge, building ties with other activists from all across the country and gaining important skills together.

Build The Capacity To Inspire

advance your engagement and ability to increase your influence on issues of poverty, gender justice and inequality as they relate to SRHR and CSE.

Renew Your Advocacy Skills And Knowledge

on feminist and intersectional policymaking approaches from topic experts.

Build Your Knowledge And Skills

on SRHR and CSE and how it intersects with other social justice issues.

Apply For the Summit

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and currently living in Canada. Youth aged 18 to 29 in all provinces and territories, except Quebec, are invited to apply. There are ten spots specifically for youth aged 18 to 25 who are part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community from Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, St. John’s, and Regina with interest in CSE.

If you’re a community activist, leader or person passionate about SRHR, CSE, ending the injustice of poverty, standing up for the rights of women and gender-diverse peoples, and seeking more ways to deepen your skills, you should absolutely apply.

We value and encourage diversity and welcome applications from traditionally underrepresented groups like women and gender-diverse people, racialized people, Indigenous Peoples, non-heteronormative identities or people with disabilities.

HOW TO APPLY

The application process takes about 30 minutes, with some additional time to submit a creative project as well as a personal reference. You’ll be able to save your progress as you go.

Frequently Asked Questions

This opportunity is available to youth aged 18 to 29 from any Canadian province or territory other than Quebec. There are ten spots specifically for youth aged 18 to 25 who are part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community from Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, St. John’s, and Regina with interest in CSE.

CCGSD's national CSE project, Not Just the Tip, aims to advance CSE for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth by developing a toolkit for educators to improve their skills in CSE delivery. This Youth Summit, an activity within this greater project, will bring sixteen 2SLGBTQIA+ youth to Ottawa to advance their knowledge and skills around anti-oppressive, feminist, and sex-positive CSE, as well as how to advocate for CSE in their communities. Six of these youth, who sit on Not Just the Tip's Youth Advisory Council, will use the Summit space to provide feedback on the completed educator toolkit draft. All sixteen youth, however, will participate in capacity and skill-building sessions throughout the weekend.

No! Your application for the original Comprehensive Sexuality Education Youth Summit 2023 is still valid. You do not have to re-apply now that it is a collaboration between CCGSD and Oxfam Canada.

Applications to the Youth Summit are due November 28, 2022 by midnight EST.

The Youth Summit will be in Ottawa, Ontario in person from February 24-26, 2023.

The Youth Summit will primarily focus on SRHR and CSE and how they intersect with other human rights and social justice issues. Attendees will learn how SRHR and CSE-related issues and gaps impact marginalized communities and gain skills in advocating for SRHR and CSE at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Youth will also become connected to a network of young activists and Oxfam Canada and CCGSD stakeholders in the hopes of fostering collaborations to advance SRHR and CSE nationwide.

This training is free of charge to ensure the opportunity is accessible. Oxfam Canada and CCGSD will cover the cost of participation, including travel to and from Ottawa and accommodations for the days of the Youth Summit.

The Youth Summit agenda and speaker details will be sent to all selected participants in January. Some speaker highlights may also be posted on social media, so check out our Facebook and Instagram for updates.

The Youth Summit is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada, provided through Global Affairs Canada, and the generous Canadian public.

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