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Young Canadians’ Parliament

What’s the YCP?

What’s the YCP?

The Young Canadians’ Parliament (YCP) is a growing movement of young people under 18 who are standing up for their rights – even at the highest levels of government.

Launched in 2020, the YCP program educates young people about their rights and Canada’s democratic system. Children and youth also learn how to advocate for themselves and others in their community.

Together, young people are speaking up on the issues that matter most to their generation.

Who can apply?

Anyone under the age of 18 who resides in Canada is welcome to apply for the YCP program.

What’s in it for me?

  • Meet other kids and youth across Canada, and join the YCP community
  • Receive a certificate of completion at the end of the one-year program
  • Receive an official letter of recognition for 15 hours of volunteer services
  • Gain exposure to networking and career development opportunities
  • Learn more ways to take action, get involved and make a difference!

For more information, see the YCP Info Sheet:

Learn more about YCP

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Interested in YCP?

Check out last year’s youth report HERE!

Interested in being a YCP Facilitator?

FIND OUT MORE HERE!

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Join the YCP!

Do you want to speak up about the issues that matter most to your generation? Join the Young Canadians’ Parliament!

Registration closes on November 22.

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Advocacy Summit 2023

We’re busy planning a great 2-day experience for youth 12-18 in Canada who are seeking to accelerate social impact. Sign up to be notified when registration opens.

Child Rights Video Contest

Speak up for your rights! You have the chance to be featured across Canada.  Submit a video to our Child Rights Video Contest.

Take Care

Apply by June 6!

Join the Movement!

Tired of waiting for change? You’re not alone. Young people across Canada are uniting as one voice to speak up for their rights at the highest levels of government. We’re stronger together. We need your voice!
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Youth Spotlight

Simi Sahota

"I remember the first event I joined feeling very nervous and not knowing what to expect. At the end of the event, I felt so inspired and grateful that I had a chance to connect with so many youths from across Canada dealing with the same struggles as me. From there, I joined every event. After each session, I had a better faith in myself and that our generation could lead a better and bolder Canada."

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Jayden

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Kamil Kanji

Kamil Kanji

“We have arrived at the place in time where the rights of children matter now more than ever. We are seeing a paradigm shift across the world in regards to the elevation of the voices of young people…”

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Rae Steeves Climate Activist

Rae Steeves

“I believe that standing up for what is right is the most valuable thing you can do with your life. As humans, we have a moral obligation to make the world a better place than it was before we came along, and I believe that it is my responsibility to stand up.”

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Regardez la vidéo de Jessica qui nous dit lequel des droits de l’enfant est le plus important pour elle!
Il est encore temps de participer à notre concours vidéo national.
Dites-nous en 10 secondes quel droit est le plus important pour vous.
Lien dans la bio.
https://childrenfirstcanada.org/fr/enter-the-child-rights-video-contest/

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Check out Jessica’s video of which children’s right is most important to her! There is still time to enter our national video contest. Tell us in 10 seconds which right is most important to you.
Link in bio.
https://childrenfirstcanada.org/enter-the-child-rights-video-contest/

https://drive.google.com/file/d/13nNxTDtu2ej4whWoseqSKjMQCSSM6_b5/view

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#DYK? Adults have a role to play to uphold children's rights in Canada. Under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, families and government have an obligation to make your rights a reality. Follow this series to learn more about what your rights are!

#ChildrenFirst #HumanRights #ChildrensRights
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Kids have the right to their identity and non-discrimination. Learn and share about why pronouns matter!

#ChildrenFirst #UNCRC #2SLGBTQIA #gender

https://kidshelpphone.ca/get-info/what-are-personal-pronouns-and-why-are-they-important/
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Tu cherches un moyen de parler des droits de l’enfant dans ton école?
Demande à ton enseignant ou enseignante de participer à notre concours vidéo! Tu pourras ainsi donner ton opinion sur le droit qui est le plus important pour toi!
Lien dans la bio.

#lesenfantsdabord

https://childrenfirstcanada.org/fr/enter-the-child-rights-video-contest/
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Looking for a way to talk about children’s rights at your school? Ask your teacher for time to enter our video contest! Share which right is most important to you!
Link in bio.
https://childrenfirstcanada.org/enter-the-child-rights-video-contest/
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“I remember the first event I joined feeling very nervous and not knowing what to expect. At the end of the event, I felt so inspired and grateful that I had a chance to connect with so many youths from across Canada dealing with the same struggles as me. From there, I joined every event. After each session, I had a better faith in myself and that our generation could lead a better and bolder Canada.”
Simi Sahota - YCP Participant

Simi Sahota

YCP Participant

“I believe that standing up for what is right is the most valuable thing you can do with your life. As humans, we have a moral obligation to make the world a better place than it was before we came along, and I believe that it is my responsibility to stand up.”
Rae Steeves Climate Activist

Rae Steeves

Climate Justice Activist and member of the Young Canadians’ Parliament

YCP Participants

YCP Participant

“I enjoyed meeting new people from across Canada, I enjoyed learning to facilitate and how technology worked. I loved speaking up to parliamentarians and having them listen. I really enjoyed meeting people with the same attitude and energy about changing the world.”

Check out this CBC Kids News Story about the YCP!

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Did you know that you have rights?

Want to learn what they are?
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Children Are Citizens with Rights!

The Young Canadians’ Parliament (YCP) is led by Children First Canada’s Youth Ambassadors and Youth Advisory Council. It is built from a rights-based approach, and one of the central tenets involves teaching children their rights and supporting their participation in decisions that affect their lives. The YCP is open to children and youth in Canada under the age of 18, and involves participants that represent the rich diversity of Canadian society. This project has been made possible in part by the Canadian Red Cross, Government of Canada, Gail O’Brien, TELUS, IG Wealth Management, and #RisingYouth, a program of TakingITGlobal. Special thanks to our partner, Wisdom2Action.

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