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:

  • Explore and reflect on what it means to do policy and advocacy work on unceded Indigenous territories
  • Understand key concepts about public policy
  • Understand the different levels of government and learn about Indigenous governance structures
  • Identify key public policy issues impacting your communities in British Columbia
  • Identify and gain support to work towards influencing public policy and system change
  • Understand the different stakeholders involved in public policy
  • Draft a policy ask to advance a policy issue that impacts your community

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 six modules:

Most modules will take place in Vancouver other than module 4, which will be a two-day retreat in Victoria.

  • Module 1: Introduction to LEVEL YPP and Public Policy – February 13 & 14
  • Module 2: Public Policy in British Columbia – March 12 & 13
  • Module 3: Different Levels of Government including Indigenous Governance – April 16 & 17
  • Module 4: Stakeholder Analysis and Budget Cycles (in Victoria) – May 14 & 15
  • Module 5: Storytelling, New Narratives, and Policy in Action – June 18 & 19
  • Module 6: Learning and Reflections. Public Presentations of Final Projects – September 24 & 25

Download the program syllabus for more information.

If you have any questions, email us at level@vancouverfoundation.ca