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



For a minimum of 120 hours between June 2021 and March 2022, you will:
  • collaborate in groups with SDG Ambassadors and SDG Impact Mentors to create a tangible project;

  • enhance your leadership skills through 6 immersive training sessions.

    • The first SDG training will be on July 30th (online)

  • network with young business leaders in Canada and abroad;

  • showcase your achievements at the Generation SDG Symposium in March 2022

 Applications close: June 13th, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST

For any questions feel free to email: [email protected]


SDG Impact Mentors (SIMs) 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 June 2021 and March 2022, Mentors are able to:​

  • Collaborate with team of SDG Ambassadors and other SDG Impact Mentors 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.

Applications close: June 13th, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST

For any questions feel free to email: [email protected]
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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

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!


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!

See what our participants think about the SDGs

 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.

Interested in Generation SDG?
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dzifa Binka at [email protected]