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Helping Canadian youth reach big heights

We often use the term Millennials or Generation Y to describe the next generation of youth in line to take hold of our future. One day, these Millennials will claim seats in parliament. They’ll be inventing new modes of communication, possibly discovering a cure for cancer, or developing mobile apps that help save lives.

The bottom line is youth hold the power to make our world a better place. And because of that, here at Plan International, we work to help harness the potential of youth by providing them with opportunities to have their voice heard loud and clear.

Are you ready for Generation Y to take over? We are! See how Plan International’s engaging youth to help them become change makers.

Because I am a Girl Speakers Bureau

One of Plan International’s longest standing clubs, the Because I am a Girl Speakers Bureau (GSB) offers girls the opportunity to get involved in an international effort to support girls’ rights globally. Girls aged 14-22 from across Canada are encouraged to join the GSB if they’re looking for a way to share their passion for human rights and social justice with like-minded girls in their communities.

The best part: Members of the GSB get the chance to speak on behalf of Plan International Canada at a national and international level, helping to enhance their communication and leadership skills.

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Members of the Because I am a Girl Speakers Bureau gather at the Plan International Canada office for a meeting.

Spread the Net Student Challenge

The Spread the Net Student Challenge, gets entire schools involved. Students from coast to coast are invited to join the fight against malaria – a life-threatening blood disease transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Geared towards students of all ages – primary, secondary and post-secondary – the Student Challenge is a nationwide competition between schools to raise funds for lifesaving bed bets, which help protect against infected mosquitoes.

The best part: Each year, the schools that raise the most money will be featured on an episode of Rick Mercer’s TV show, the Rick Mercer Report.

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Rick Mercer visits with students from Algonquin College, one of the 2015 Spread the Net Student Challenge winners.

Top 20 Under 20

The Top 20 Under 20 program celebrates Canadian youth making positive change locally and globally. Every year, the Top 20 recognizes 20 of Canada’s most promising youth, highlighting their innovation and leadership, while celebrating their incredible achievements with Canada. Through the Top 20 program, Plan International is helping empower the next generation of youth to become global leaders, human rights activists, inventors and CEOs.

The best part: Anyone under the age of 20 can be nominated. As long as each nominee exemplifies a passion to change the world, they’ll be considered for the honour. Get online and nominate someone you know by February 2016!

Group of youth on stage

The 2015 winners of the Top 20 Under 20 award join together on stage.

Nickelodeon’s Together For Good

In 2015, Plan International joined forces with Nickelodeon to launch a new campaign, Together For Good. This campaign celebrates kids from all over the globe and highlights their efforts to make a difference in their communities, at school or at home.

The best part: Read inspiring stories about other youth who are already making a change in their communities, or engage in activities and challenges online, and download a toolkit that shows youth how they can make an impact in their community, too.

Get behind the next generation

If you’re feeling inspired, you’re not alone. Share this with all the ambitious youth in your life and help them find the right initiative to get started today!