Youth Changemaker Ideas: Leave No Student Behind Youth Advocacy Group

Episode 1: Expanding the Scope of Youth Employment Centres

Navigating the Future of Work
At what age should youth start to think about what’s next in future job and career prospects? Parents who have youth just starting their primary school education may find learning pathways will need to change many times as AI begins to exponentially  impact industries and types of future career opportunities.  Yes, our NextGen are interested in navigating their learning and career paths much earlier than their parents did.

Willow, Osric, Zoe and Amelia decided to address this challenge through their idea “Leave No Student Behind” as a Youth Advocacy project.

So when the opportunity arose to collaborate on ideas with post secondary students and alumni, FutureCite chatted with the team about their Youth Advocacy Project (one of the finalists from the RBC Youth Changemaker Challenge in 2019) on their idea to help youth from elementary to postsecondary to learn what future career opportunities will be there in the future. Does this mean collaborating with the policy makers and revising the current school curriculum? Here’s who they are and what they have to share with you!

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Their Student Team
The Leave No Student Behind (Youth Advocacy) team included students from three post secondary institutes:
SuMaya Ghalab (U of A), Laura Mosquera Pava (U of A), Bani Dang (MacEwan U) and Tara Goodwin (NAIT Polytechnique)

Their Challenge
The Youth Advocacy team identified gaps in current youth employment centres and school curriculum in Edmonton as their challenge.

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Their Idea
The Youth Advocacy team idea focuses on expanding the current scope Youth Employment Centres to service include pre-school to post high school students. Currently the 32 Youth Employment Centres in Edmonton focus only on high school students.

About the RBC Changemaker Challenge

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The RBC Changemaker Challenge is a fast-paced and high-energy event where post-secondary students and alumni collaborate to generate ideas to make Edmonton the best place for youth to work and live! The event was at Roundhouse, MacEwan University.

MacEwan University co-hosted the Conference in partnership with the RBC Future Launch, University of Alberta, NAIT, and Concordia University. Student teams worked with one another and community leaders to come up with ideas and solutions that respond to the 2019 Youthful Cities Urban Work Index Report.

About The Candidate Teams

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Twelve participants from each institution in Edmonton were encouraged to participate. Teams comprised of students and alumni from the different educational institutions.





About The Youth Challenge Ideas

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The Students worked in interdisciplinary teams to identify and develop ideas to make Edmonton the best place for young people to live and work. They gathered input and expertise from community leaders in the private, non-profit, and academic sectors throughout the day.





About the Finalists

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From the team presentations, finalists were selected by judges (a RBC representative & a Community Leader).

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