Plan International Canada’s Youth Council (YC) comprises 10−12 young people aged 14−24
who are passionate about the rights of children, equality for girls and other global issues facing
young people around the world.
The Youth Council (YC) is a group of young leaders throughout Canada who advocate for change as
advisors, influencers and ambassadors to Plan International Canada. The YC supports the development
of strategic direction and initiatives
and represents the organization at various local and global forums, thus ensuring youth perspectives
are woven into the fabric of our organization.
How the Youth Council works:
As a group, the Youth Council focuses on its members' unique and diverse skill sets. Rather than
dividing into working groups to accomplish tasks, the YC collaborates on all projects. Since each
member brings a different perspective, the
YC functions best when all members have an equal seat at the table. The YC contributes to Plan
International Canada’s goals and collaborates with young people across Plan International’s global
network on global issues and advocacy.
Applications for the 2023/2024 year are closed.
Our YC mandate:
Mobilize young people to learn about and support Plan International Canada’s mission.
Provide recommendations on how to ensure equitable opportunities exist for youth in Canada.
Advise Plan International Canada on effective youth integration in the organization.
Assist in the implementation of youth projects and activities.
Speak with decision-makers and influencers within and outside of Canada to advance the rights of
children and equality for girls globally.
Role and responsibilities of a YC member:
Dedicate approximately 1-3 hours weekly to the council through digital and face-to-face
meetings, independent work, training and event attendance.
Attend all monthly and quarterly meetings held on the first Sunday of each month. Meetings are
either held virtually or in person.
Work collaboratively with fellow YC members to provide input into youth-related projects,
resources and content produced by Plan International Canada and partners.
Provide input to Plan International Canada’s work as an ambassador to your region of Canada.
Help develop the agenda and facilitate workshops at the annual YC orientation.
Initiate, develop, and implement projects focused on youth advocacy through collective ownership
over the YC Annual Workplan.
Plan International Canada covers all expenses related to Youth Council engagement to ensure our
programming is as accessible and barrier-free as possible for all young people in Canada.
Maryam is an accomplished student leader with a proven track record of
high standing in academics, sports, and music. Maryam is a proud Youth Member of the New York Academy of
Sciences, where she focuses on STEM-related challenges.
She has won multiple public speaking contests on topics including the UN declaration of educational
rights for children and Fast Fashion - the journey of a T-shirt made in Bangladesh. At 10 years old,
Maryam was chosen as a TEDx speaker,
where she spoke on Closing the Gender Wage Gap in Canada. Maryam is a competitive swimmer and
has represented her swim club at provincial level championships.
Caroline is an aspiring researcher who is passionate about the
intersection of STEM and equitable international development. She believes that providing access to
sustainable technology can unlock individual’s global citizenship
in ways that will be pivotal to solving critical problems such as water and sanitation access and
maternal health risks around the world. Caroline pursues many community projects, including building a
learning platform that received recognition
in Forbes as a Top 10 winner of the Microsoft Imagine Cup Jr. Caroline is also an intern at Let’s Talk
Ziyaan is award-winning change-maker who has found purpose in creating
social impact. At only 15 years old, he founded For The Menstruator, a global initiative that has
supported over 17,000 people in 10 countries and aims
to create a world of menstrual equity. Ziyaan has previously served on the board of Climate Cardinals
and Helping Hands Tanzania and served as an ambassador for Plan International and We are Family
Foundation, impacting over 500,000 lives.
Adham is entering his second year in the Health Sciences program at
Queen's University. He is a passionate advocate for children, education, and pressing human rights
issues. He is the co-president of Queen's HanVoice, an
organization that focuses on support for Korean refugees. Adham is also an advisor for a start-up
company in San Francisco that applies artificial intelligence to lung cancer screening and for a
biomedical engineering team at NCSU. Most
recently, he was named runner-up at an MIT hackathon for developing a health care app using NFC
technology. Adham is excited to put his STEM expertise and passion for advocacy to work as a member of
the Plan International Canada Youth
Charlotte is entering her third year at Acadia University pursuing a Biology Honours and
a minor in Mathematics and Statistics. All of Charlotte’s experiences are grounded in the notion of
propelling movements for sustainable,
positive change, locally and globally. She is passionate about intersectional gender equality,
environmental remediation, and youth engagement and empowerment. As a woman in STEM, she hopes to
conduct research that results in policy changes
to place every organism at the forefront of decision-making. Charlotte’s advocacy efforts include being
a Speakers Bureau member, national Change the Birth Story Youth Advocate, and Girls Belong Here
ambassador with Plan International,
as well as a youth facilitator for numerous NGO youth engagement events, a Women Deliver Young Leader
and a member of the YWCA 2022 LSAT.