*Applications are now closed. Check back this Fall for an announcement on when applications open for the next cohort.
The LEVEL Youth Policy Program (YPP) brings together 12 Indigenous and racialized immigrant and refugee youth from across B.C. to provide training to shape and advocate for public policy that addresses issues impacting their lives.
The program will offer participants the opportunity to:
- Learn from a diverse faculty of public policy leaders in a multi-disciplinary environment
- Develop an understanding of concepts, systems, and strategies such as Theory of Change, Indigenous governance, and ways to build a grassroots campaign
- Gain practical, hands-on experience in activities such as the public budgetary process and through direct policy in action with elected officials and community stakeholders
- Develop a project around a policy ask on a specific issue and explore ways to advance it. Participants will be provided with a research stipend of $1,000 in support of this
By the end of the program, participants will not only have a professionally designed and printed policy project portfolio, but also strengthened capacity to influence policy change at multiple levels.
The program will include seven modules:
Most modules will take place in Vancouver other than module 4, which will be a two-day retreat in Victoria.
- Module 1: Retreat & LEVEL YPP Introduction – Feb. 28 & Mar. 1
- Module 2: Theory of Change & Community Mapping – Mar. 28 & 29
- Module 3: Working with Different Levels of Government – Apr. 25 & 26
- Module 4: Public Policy in B.C. (Retreat in Victoria) – May 27 & 28
- Module 5: Sharing Your Story & Policy in Action – Jun. 20, 21, & 22
- Module 6: Taking It Home – Sept. 19 & 20
Learn more by downloading the Program Syllabus.