2016 Applications Now Open!

10336721_1508453039420980_1707814585425612331_nDare to Stand Out: The Canadian Youth Forum & Conversation on STBBIs

The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity is proud to present our fourth annual Canadian Youth Forum & Conversation on Sexually Transmitted & Blood-Borne Infections (STBBIs). This forum invites 85 high school students from all across the country to participate in a week of leadership training and discussion around public health! If you’re on this site, we hope you are considering applying!
This event will take place at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre (1805 Gaspé Ave., Ottawa) from December 6th – 10th, 2016. You will learn to be Health Ambassadors for your communities on topics pertaining to sexual health, blood-borne infections, harm reduction, LGBTQ+ identities and anti-bullying. Additionally, you will be trained on different community projects that you can then use to engage your friends, family and classmates in important discussions about how they can be safer and smarter when it comes to their health!

The highlights of this training include:

  • An understanding about sexual health as well as various harm reduction theories and methods;
  • An understanding about sexual and gender diversity, and how risk is different for different communities;
  • Learning effective project management, result tracking, presentation and active-listening skills;
  • Training on 10 awareness projects to bring back to schools;
  • Awareness of HIV, its history, myths & truths, as well as laws on disclosure;
  • An exploration of the many stigmas associated with sex, STBBIs, substance use, and what we can do to help address them.

Our innovative format includes:

  • Workshop series and keynotes designed to give the students resources, skills, and real-life stories the confidence and ability to engage their peers on conversations pertaining to STBBIs;
  • An honest discussion about harm reduction as well as how and where to access appropriate resources;
  • A field trip to downtown Ottawa to hear a panel discussion featuring politicians and healthcare providers on how policy is intertwined with healthcare;
  • An opportunity to see & demo the community projects, as well as a guided planning session for how the Health Ambassadors will educate their peers on everything have learned!

1511125_1508453052754312_1686152855205485840_nThis sounds like an awesome opportunity, but how much will registration cost? Absolutely nothing! The Centre will be covering all associated costs (this includes travel, living accommodations, programming and meals)! As we will be covering all costs, space are limited and will require an application and phone interview process.
**We also highly welcome adult allies to accompany their students/children to the Forum, however, we require a registration fee of $450.00 for adults, as our funders only allow us to cover the costs for students.

As we are covering all costs for our participants, we are looking for dedicated and passionate students. Ideal applicants will be:

  • Students who are not graduating in 2017, or will be attending another school in the following scholastic year (to run their community projects);
  • Students who want to contribute to their community’s health and safety;
  • Students who feel that, with training, they can successfully carry out 4 initiatives in their school communities by June 2017.

Please note that we are accepting application on a rolling first-come first serve basis and there is a limited number of spaces. So apply ASAP!

Top 5 reasons why YOU should Apply:

  1. You are someone who wants to make your community safer and smarter when it comes to your health.
  2. You are involved in your GSA, Student Council, Diversity Club or anti-bullying club.
  3. You are very interested in science or health studies, or are considering a career in health as a nurse, doctor or social worker.
  4. You want to meet and grow with other students like yourself.
  5. You believe that as a young Canadian, you have the right to the health education that you need, and would like to share that knowledge with your friends & family.

How To Apply:

  1. Download the Application Form Here
  2. Complete the Application Form and e-mail it to Program Coordinator, Kai Wong at forum@ccgsd-ccdgs.org.
  3. Successful applicants will be contacted to schedule a quick interview and sent a detailed Registration Package.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kai at forum@ccgsd-ccdgs.org or 613-400-1875.