Activating civic engagement through the creation of youth-led volunteer projects that advance Canada's implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
About Generation SDG
Implemented through partnerships with District School Boards and other youth-serving organizations in Gatineau, Cornwall, Kemptville, Ottawa, 60 diverse youth, aged 15-25 years, are grouped in four SDG clusters to create service initiatives that address relevant issues they have identified in their local communities. Working in subgroups of 5 peers, each SDG Cluster designs and implements a unique project of their choice.
Guiding the development of their service initiatives, youth participate in six experiential training sessions and access resources, including a $200 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
Meet our SDG Ambassadors!
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! Our ambassadors :
collaborate in groups with SDG Impact Mentors to create a tangible project;
enhance their leadership skills through 6 immersive training sessions.
network with young business leaders in Canada and abroad;
showcase their achievements at the Generation SDG Symposium in March 2022;
Youth in Cornwall will be joining the SDG Youth Action Network.
Meet our mentors!
They collaborate with a team of SDG Ambassadors and other SDG Impact Mentors to create a tangible project ;
Serve as a role model and advisor for young talented youth, from leading high schools universities, and youth-serving organization;
Network with young community leaders and mentors in Canada and abroad;
Gain mentorship hours: Approximately 8-10 hours a month and participate in training sessions.
Generation SDG Symposium
On February 20th, 2021, the Generation SDG Symposium convened over 200 youth, to engage national leaders and local industry professionals online. This was a unique opportunity for Canadians and partners around the world to engage with our remarkable cohort of youth, aged 15-25, who are addressing some of the critical issues facing our global community today, from climate change mitigation to reconciliation awareness to reducing social inequalities.
See Youth Projects on the SDGs!
See what our participants think about the SDGs
Sustainable Development Goal
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.