Activating civic engagement through the creation of youth-led volunteer projects that advance Canada's implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

This programme is working towards:

Join us on February 20th for the Generation SDG Symposium! The event is open to the public and free. 


On February 20th 2021, the SDG Ambassadors (aged 15-25) will come together and showcase their service initiatives with great passion for the Sustainable Development Goals in a way where all local leaders and community supporters will be inspired to take action of their own.


Paving the path for a brighter and more sustainable future, it is clear to see that our community is in good hands. The Generation SDG Symposium will display the collaboration of dedicated young change-makers, community leaders, and local partners with the hopes of creating meaningful solutions for pertaining issues in Ottawa, Gatineau, Cornwall and Kemptville. 



Here's what happened in the last Generation SDG Symposium 2020



Implemented through partnerships with District School Boards and other youth-serving organizations in Gatineau, Cornwall, Kemptville, Ottawa, 60 diverse youth, aged 15-25 years, create service initiatives that address relevant issues they have identified in their local communities.

Guiding the development of their service initiatives, youth participate in four experiential training sessions and access resources, including a $500 grant, and mentorship opportunities, which equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to make a positive impact in their community. 


Together, these 60 young leaders use their enhanced understanding and appreciation for the SDGs to raise awareness, generate concern, and support youth action. 





  • Develop leadership and entrepreneurial  skills in Canadian youth

  • Promote civic engagement among Canadian youth through meaningful committed service opportunities so that young people gain valuable skills that will benefit them in life and work while making a difference in their community

  • Enhance youth’s readiness for leadership roles and community participation through service projects aligned to community issues they are passionate about

  • Raise awareness, generate concern, and support youth action on the SDGs

See what our participants think about the SDGs:

SDG Impact Mentors have the unique opportunity to relate their knowledge and leadership skills to volunteer projects developed by SDG Ambassadors, and contribute to a positive societal impact.


For 8-10 hours per month between August 2020 and February 2021, Mentors are able to:​

  • Collaborate with 2-3 SDG Ambassadors to create tangible project;

  • serve as a role model and advisor for young talented youth, from leading high schools and youth-serving organizations in Ottawa and surrounding regions, who have a passion for creative thinking

  • network with our subject matter experts, community leaders and other SIMs from a variety of industries and backgrounds

  • gain exclusive access to UNA-Canada’s professional development, skills training workshops and events.


 Please note: ONLY applications for SDG Impact Mentors in Cornwall and Kemptville are currently open and will be accepted on a rolling basis.


For a minimum of 120 hours between August 2020 and February 2021, you will:
  • collaborate with an SDG Impact Mentor to create a tangible project;

  • enhance your leadership skills through 4 immersive training sessions.

    • The first SDG training will be on September 26 (online)

    • The first project activities will conducted online, and then in person according to public health directives

  • network with young business leaders in Canada and abroad;

  • showcase your achievements at the Generation SDG Symposium in February 2021

Please note: ONLY applications for participants in Cornwall and Kemptville are currently open and will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Through empathy-based and leadership skills training, youth in Gatineau, Kemptville, Cornwall, Ottawa are being equipped to develop and implement projects that respond to pressing issues in their local communities.


These talented youth will then collectively empower 600 of their peers to also take action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

See our changemakers in action as they lead sustainable initiatives in their communities, live on the Dashboard:

Interested in Generation SDG? Applications are out now! Apply to be mentor or ambassador today.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dzifa Binka at [email protected]

 The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership.

Click here to learn more about SDGs.


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