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4th Annual National Youth Action Gathering (YAG)

Vancouver Foundation

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

4th Annual National Youth Action Gathering (YAG)

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Calling newcomer youth….

Attend the Youth Action Gathering (YAG): October 3rd - 4th 2015 in Vancouver, B.C!


About the YAG:

A FREE two-day event made by and for refugee and immigrant youth from across Canada.

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), in partnership with Vancouver Foundation’s Fresh Voices Initiative and MOSAIC, invite newcomer youth from across Canada to participate in the 2015 Youth Action Gathering (YAG) Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The gathering brings together young immigrant and refugee leaders to learn, share, network and collaborate on actions towards common challenges and experiences of newcomer youth communities. It is also an engaging weekend of leadership and skills building, developing peer relationships and FUN!

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Please note that the registration deadline for BC participants has been extended to Saturday, September 19th at 5:00pm.


Everyone is welcome to apply; however, space is limited and priority will be given to:

  • Racialized* immigrant and refugee youth
  • Those who can make a commitment to attend the full event
  • Immigrant & refugee youth from across Canada, aged 16 to 25 years.
  • Youth settlement workers and allies.

*We recognize that race is a social construct, people as "racialized immigrant person" or "racialized people" are immigrants who also belong to a "racial minority", "visible minority", or are seen as "people of colour" or "non-White" (adjusted from OHRC). 

Note: We want to know more about you. We celebrate the many cultures, languages and migration journeys of diverse communities. The questions below help us learn more about the diversity of the young people coming to the event. It also tells us where we need to do more work to engage communities and ensure a welcoming and inclusive space.  


YAG event: All day Saturday October 3rd & Sunday 4th, 2015

Location: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St, Vancouver, B.C

The event will kickoff with an optional evening reception and youth awards gala dinner for participants and community allies on Friday October 2nd at 6:30pm, at the Terminal City Club (837 W Hastings St). 


There is no cost to attend the youth awards gala dinner or the two full days of the YAG event. All meals will be provided. Participants are responsible for covering travel costs and accommodation in Vancouver, B.C. 

General Inquiries, Questions or Offers of Support:

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This event brings together young leaders from the CCR Youth Network, the Youth Advisory Team of the Fresh Voices Initiative at Vancouver Foundation and the youth programs at MOSAIC. Additional information about the 3 Partnering Organizations is provided below.

CCR Youth Network

As part of the Canadian Council for Refugees, the Youth Network works to promote the rights and protection of youth refugees and migrants. It is national, youth-led, and committed to creating a safe space for youth. The Youth Network has held three previous YAGs.

To find out more about the Youth Network and about what an amazing experience the YAG is, go to

Fresh Voices – An Initiative of Vancouver Foundation

The Fresh Voices from Long Journeys Initiative is a joint initiative of Vancouver Foundation and the BC Representative for Children and Youth. Its mandate was to host the fourth annual Champions for Children and Youth Summit, held in October 2011. The event attracted more than 100 immigrant and refugee youth and 50 policy-makers, to discuss and improve the well-being of newcomer youth in their communities and Canada, overall. Since then the initiative continues to advance racialized immigrant and refugee youth voice in public policy decisions through dialogue and actions towards to positive change. For more information please visit  


As an immigrant and refugee serving organization, MOSAIC offers a variety of programs which aim to support youth as they settle and integrate into Canadian society. Services range from specialized settlement services, employment support, a counselling program aimed at empowering youth and a popular theatre program which helps youth build community connections. Services are provided throughout the Lower Mainland of B.C. For more information, please visit our website at:

Have questions about 4th Annual National Youth Action Gathering (YAG)? Contact Vancouver Foundation

When & Where

UBC Robson Square
800 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

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Vancouver Foundation

With over 1,700 funds and total assets of $1.06 billion, Vancouver Foundation is Canada’s largest community foundation. In 2015, Vancouver Foundation and its donors made more than 4,300 grants, and distributions totaling approximately $53 million, to registered charities across Canada.

Since it was founded in 1943, Vancouver Foundation, in partnership with its donors, has distributed more than $1 billion to thousands of community projects and programs. Grant recipients range from social services to medical research groups, to organizations devoted to arts and culture, the environment, education, children and families, youth, and animal welfare.

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