Youth in Canada: Apply to Join 2023 Plan International Youth Council & Girls belong here (Fully-funded)

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Calling change-makers ages 14 to 22 years old of all gender identities. Are you interested in learning how to become effective influencers, advisors and ambassadors? If so, this is the opportunity for you. Apply below.

When is Application Deadline: 16th July 2023

Selected applications for will be notified in August 2023

Type: Volunteer, Training

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  1. Youth Council 2024:

Calling all changemakers 14 to 22 years old of all gender identities, do you want a seat at the table at one of the world’s leading organizations committed to advancing children’s rights? Fill in the application form below to apply to join Plan International Canada’s Youth Council.

Strengthen your leadership and advocacy skills by joining a group of national changemakers representing Plan International Canada as advisors, influencers, and ambassadors in local and global forums. As part of the youth council, you will be able to support the strategic direction of the Youth Engagement team, provide feedback on various aspects of the organization, connect with like-minded leaders locally, globally and much more. Financial support to cover council expenses will be provided to ensure all Youth Council members have equal access to personal and professional development opportunities throughout their 2-year term!  Applications will be open from Monday, June 26, until closing Sunday, July 16, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Eligibility: In order to apply, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 14 to 22 at the time of your application.
  • Living in Canada
  • Interested in topics of climate action and the refugee crisis
  • Be able to commit 1-3 hours weekly and attend monthly council meetings.
  • Be able to attend the annual retreat from Friday, September 15, to Sunday, September 17.
  • Be able to commit to a 2-year term

Learn more about Plan International Canada’s Youth Council:

Questions? Email [email protected] or visit

2. Girls Belong Here:

Apply for Plan International Canada’s signature Girls Belong Here program! If you self-identify as a girl, woman, or gender-diverse youth between the ages of 14-24, this is an exciting leadership opportunity for you. Apply now

Applications are now open for Plan International Canada’s signature Girls Belong Here program! If you self-identify as a girl, woman, or gender minority between the ages of 14-24, this is an exciting leadership opportunity for you to develop your skills as an advocate, learn about gender justice, and work with decision-makers to create change!

What is Girls Belong Here?  
Plan International Canada’s Girls Belong Here program creates opportunities for young people to step into leadership roles within various sectors including the government, civil society organizations, academia, and corporate firms, to demonstrate that we ALL have a right to equal opportunity in all industries. Young people exchange knowledge and ideas with leadership in the organizations they are paired with and provide their perspectives on various organizational strategies and initiatives to support advancement the of gender equality.

This program is part of a global movement to amplify the voices of people who experience gender-based discrimination (including girls, women, and non-binary people) to advocate for their rights and elevate their position in society.

Our previous partners include powerful industry leaders like David McKay, President of the Royal Bank of Canada and changemakers in the political realm including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Women, Gender Equality, and Youth Minister Marci Ien.

This year, Girls Belong Here is piloting around the theme of ‘climate action’ to collaborate with decision-makers in all sectors around equitable energy transition and responding to climate emergencies.

As part of our commitment to equity and inclusion, Plan International Canada will cover all program related expenses for Girls Belong Here participants, including travel and accommodations. 

Girls Belong Here Information

Am I eligible to apply?  
Applications are now open! You are welcome to apply if:

  • You self-identify as a girl/woman or gender minority (eg: transgender, non-binary, genderfluid, two-spirit, agender, other)
  • You are between the age of 14 and 24, at the time of application
  • You live in Canada
  • You have not participated in the Girls Belong Here program before
  • You can commit 15-20 hours of your time to various program activities (including training)

What does participation look like? 
The Girls Belong Here program offers two types of engagement: Seat Shares and Innovation Hubs. You are welcome to apply for either one or both!

  • Seat Share Experience: A knowledge-exchange and advocacy opportunity for youth participants with the leadership of a paired organization by stepping into a leader’s role. Usually taking place over one full day, youth participants will provide input on critical areas of work, champion initiatives they are passionate about to a sector leader, learn how the organization operates while building professional connections with industry experts and leaders.
  • Innovation Hub: Half-day collaborative experiences where youth initiate change by sharing their insights on challenges, priorities, and strategies brought forward by an organization. The experience includes networking opportunities with organizational leadership and fellow participants to create meaningful connections in support of participants’ career aspirations. Youth can participate in more than one Innovation Hub.

How Many Awards? Not specified

How to Apply:

Visit Award Webpage for Details