2015 Global Youth Leaders Program in Canada

Deadline:  1 May 2015
Open to: young leaders between the ages of 20 and 30 years old
Venue: September 21 – October 9, 2015, Antigonish, NS, Canada


New in 2015, the Global Youth Leaders Certificate is a three-week education program offered at the Coady Institute. This program enables young development practitioners from developing countries to strengthen their leadership capacities in order to contribute to innovation and change in their organizations and communities. Participants engage in learning that is grounded in real-world experiences and focused on Coady’s core thematic areas. Through a shared learning environment with others from around the world, participants are exposed to a range of experiences and the beginnings of a potentially lifelong network of support.

Personal benefits
  • Build self-knowledge as the basis of leadership to facilitate others through change
  • Strengthen communication skills which are key to making an effective case for change
  • Learn the theory and principles behind citizen-led and asset-based approaches and how to integrate these into your work
  • Develop facilitation skills and tools to use in various community development situations
  • Strengthen competencies to analyze how different world views influence development and social change
  • Develop values and attitudes that nurture a culture of peace and non-violence
  • Engage in an analysis of the intersectionalities between power, poverty, health, racism, gender equality and environmental sustainability
  • Gain a greater understanding of the complexities and principals involved with multi-sector and multiple-actor collaboration and working in partnerships
  • Explore local efforts to create, maintain, and strengthen citizen-led and community-driven development and grassroots campaigns for policy change
  • Become connected with a growing network of peers from around the world working for development and social change
Organizational benefits
  • Gain insights into new thinking and innovations in development and social change practice
  • Develop vision and leadership approaches which lead to innovation and social change
  • Integrate new analysis and strategies into education and organizing for development and social change
  • Enhance performance in areas such as gender equality, disability, human rights and the environment
  • Contribute to campaigns for changes in social policy and practices
  • Connect with regional and transnational networks working toward development and social change

Have strong oral and written English language competencies.


This program is targeted to young leaders (20-30 years old) from developing countries who are working on development issues.

Priority is given to people who:

  • Possess a minimum of two years of demonstrated experience in social, environmental or economic development in sectors such as livelihoods or inclusive economic development, food security, environment, access to education and health care, governance, and the rights of girls and women;
  • Have great drive and passion for their work, demonstrated through their outstanding contributions in their organizations and communities;
  • Are practitioners in civil society organizations including community-based organizations and not-for-profits, or active in public or private institutions, donor/philanthropic agencies, social movements or in a social enterprise/business;


Program Costs Diploma Certificate
Tuition 10,000 2,350
Accomodation and meals 5,000 1,150
Total 15,000 3,500

Program costs are quoted in Canadian dollars and are subject to change.

Most qualified candidates receive a scholarship to assist with program costs. Please visit the scholarship page.


Please select the application form for the program you wish to apply for from the list below.

You may fill out the form online and submit it directly, or save it and return to it later to complete using a login and password you create.

By request, information and forms can be sent by email.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to: coadyadmit@stfx.ca

The official web-page.

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