Bringing Canadian youth to the UN, UNA-Canada Service Corps gives delegates an opportunity to deepen their service and share their experience with the world
About UNA-Canada Service Corps
UNA-Canada Service Corps is a youth-focused programme that provides inaugural opportunities for young Canadians to meaningfully participate in United Nations events. It aims to encourage young Canadians to get involved in meaningful service opportunities while practicing leadership, developing skills and gaining essential life and work experience.
On their Service journey, delegates gain valuable employment skills and experience, deepen their understanding of diplomacy and encourage global citizenship. These skills and values are then incorporated into their Service initiatives, subsequently strengthening their communities, and by extension, Canada.
About Canada Service Corps
Canada Service Corps (CSC) is a coalition of national organizations, which find innovative ways to engage and inspire youth to get involved in service. As part of the CSC coalition, UNA-CSC recruits only within the participants of the coalition and encourages selected delegates to build on their previous service initiative to better participate in UN events.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNA-Canada Service Corps is suspending the deployment of its activities in person. We are continuing our activities online until further notice.
In 2021, our delegates are participating in virtual UN events such as...
The Value of International Experience
International experience for youth is an important component of building an effective culture of Service in Canada.
In February 2018, the Government of Canada started a dialogue with youth with the goal of building Canada’s first Youth Policy. Through these consultations, youth expressed that international experiences are important for their personal development.
Not only did youth express that international opportunities are a way to provide them with more informed, holistic perspectives of the world, which can lead to increased empathy, inclusiveness and flexibility, but also a way to instill a greater appreciation for their own Canadian identities. Additionally, delegates shared that international experiences provide many transferable skills needed to succeed in future employment and conveyed that they would like more accessible international opportunities.
Through CSC programmes, youth have the power to:
Connect with leaders from across the globe
Engage in community-building through volunteer service projects
Be a part of the 2000+ youth that have lead their own service projects across Canada
Receive community service grant assistance for your own service project initiative
To apply, applicants must be:
Between the ages of 18-30
Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or refugees
Completed a minimum of 120 service hours with a recognized Canada Service Corps programme
Canada Service Corps (CSC)
Through Canada Service Corps, the Government of Canada has provided funding to twelve national organizations to find innovative ways to engage and inspire youth to get involved in service.
*Following the completion of a CSC programme,
alumni will receive access to the application portal.
"Representing UNA-Canada and Canada Service Corps at COP24 has been a life-changing experience. I am so moved by the passion, sense of urgency, but above all else commitment to unity. As an Indigenous youth, I feel a deep connection to the land and everyone I’ve encountered at this conference not only appreciates Indigenous peoples connection but embraces it. Most of all, I understand that this is the first step. The experience and knowledge I’ve gained will be a lifelong service to my communities."
- David Garrow, Delegate at COP 24
In the past, we've
had delegates at the...
UN Climage Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland