An initiative under Canada Service Corps, RISE is designed to help young people find ways to co-create community projects and contribute in strengthening our civic and democratic fabric by engaging on topics that interest them.

Over the course of two years, RISE will be developing 25 community projects across 8 cities: Edmonton, Iqaluit, Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax and Vancouver.

Current Cities

RISE is proudly funded by:

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Meet our local project coordinators

JAMIE ZARN (they/them)
Edmonton Coordinator

"I love that RISE is entirely youth-led. I think this is an essential and remarkable opportunity to show the broader community the amazing commitment youth have for creating better communities once given the opportunity to be heard. I’m incredibly curious to learn from the volunteers about what they find meaningful to be exploring in the community."

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Ottawa Coordinator

I love that RISE holds intentional space for young people to become more engaged in their local communities, promoting accessible processes of learning, collaboration, and meaningful relationship-building. I’m inspired by the ways in which RISE nurtures individual passions for change while also allowing youth to experience the joys of watching their project come to fruition alongside a community of peers!"

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Montreal Coordinator

“I love that RISE focuses on the power of community. It recognizes the different barriers to engagement that youth face and provide opportunities to counter them. To me, it is amazing that RISE creates a space for community initiatives to be created with community and from within by the medium of empowerment”.

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Toronto Coordinator

"The RISE program provides youth a safe space to explore new concepts, ask critical questions and apply their ideas with a whole community of support behind them. I am truly grateful to be part of such an exciting and transformative initiative."

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Winnipeg Coordinator

"There’s an old African proverb that says "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together". RISE does just that- it encourages youth to rise to the challenges that surround their communities and work together to build positive grassroots solutions. Understanding and unpacking systemic inequality can often leave one at a loss of hope however, I fundamentally believe that there is strength in a unified community. Change is always possible when people have a shared vision and commitment to go far, not fast."

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Halifax Coordinator

"RISE inspires me by intentionally centering the brilliance of youth and community while honestly addressing the boundaries around access to community work. I am excited to co-create projects that are true and reflective of Halifax experience."

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MILEY LEONG (she/her)
Vancouver Coordinator

"What I love about RISE is that the program uses a critical lens in doing youth engagement work. I love that RISE acknowledges the structural and systemic barriers that prevent different youth from accessing engagement processes. I’m inspired by how RISE centers community and those at the margins. I’m looking forward to witnessing the relationships that are built and projects that come out of the program!"

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“One of the many things that I love about RISE is the active investment in youth, in their personal and professional growth and in their well-being. There is a level of trust and autonomy afforded to folks involved with RISE that is so unique to this program, and it’s beautiful to be able to witness.”

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KELL GERLINGS (they/them)

"What I love about RISE is the unique, intentional space it creates for young people to have big conversations and create something meaningful together. Being able to turn words into action is such a powerful and important skill! I am so inspired by the care and intention of the Coordinators to support folks coming from many different places to work for change together." 

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