A nation-wide leadership development program for youth

Mobilizing the next generation of leaders, with Foundry BC
For two years running, Foundry BC (supported by Health Canada) kickstarted an initiative called the Youth & Family Ambassadors Program. A year-long, cohort-based leadership development program, the experience was designed to help young people gain literacy in topics such as cultural safety and humility, political advocacy (and more), while leading their own community-centered pilot projects for integrated youth services. 

 Co.school had the privilege of partnering with Foundry to help co-design and lead this program. It spanned multiple virtual workshops, was driven by participant energy, and culminated with a closing two-day leadership summit that brought together participants from across Canada to showcase their projects. 

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Co.school on multiple programs, events, and initiatives related to integrated youth services and have worked alongside them to support various groups both large and small. I can say that I have been more than impressed at every juncture. Co.school not only provides excellent facilitation, but also supports the team throughout the entire planning process. I am consistently amazed by the Co.school team’s ability to embed feedback from a multitude of stakeholders throughout the entire planning process and ensure everyone’s thoughts are reflected in the final product. 

Co.school has helped us address many gaps in our training and supported us to deliver sessions that meet the needs of those we aim to serve. During many sessions over the past few years, Kevan and Charlotte have created both safe and brave spaces where personal experiences, opinions, and shared learnings are not only welcomed but encouraged.
The experience Co.school has had with so many different groups of people engenders a sense of trust seldom found elsewhere. I would recommend Co.school to anyone who is looking for people that will put the needs of your organization and those you serve first, as well as to anyone seeking incredible facilitators!”

Portrait photo of Nancy Zhao, Knowledge Exchange and Mobilization Specialist, Foundry BC
Sarah Thomson, Program Coordinator for Foundry and FIYSN
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