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empowering
remarkable youth

Youth Ottawa empowers young people by giving them the skills, confidence and support they need to reach their full potential. We focus on programming that enables participation and engages youth in meaningful activities. 

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20+ years of
youth engagement

We are dedicated to strengthening the community. Our work, made possible by you, is focused on activating youth to create solutions to the problems they see facing their communities everyday. 

How you can help

With your help, we can engage and empower more youth. Learn how you can get involved today to help us empower each and every child in Ottawa. 

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Stories from the classroom

Below we share case studies from our work within the classroom. Read more to see how we engaged students to take action at the local level to combat issues that are important to them.

Raising Awareness for Climate Change

How a civics class initiated an action plan to educate others on climate change

Empowering youth through filmmaking

A young student finds her voice and creativity

Sec-ur-ity. You are at the centre.

How a civics class tackled cyberbullying

COMMUNITY
SUPPORTING
YOUTH

Ganaaboute Gagne

“We all need that push to get us to the finish line. I am so grateful to Youth Ottawa because in my opinion, they keep fantastic youth motivated towards achieving their goals.”

-Recipient of 2018 Youth Ottawa RBC Strength Through Diversity Award

Jennifer Lee

” I am grateful to Youth Ottawa. The money I received from the Youth Ottawa bursary went towards by studies at Concordia University. This has enabled me to meet so many artists within my program and it has opened opportunities for networking and collaboration.”

-Recipient of 2018 Youth Ottawa RBC Arts & Culture Award

Falicia Gingras

“Being recognized for the Take a Stand Award by Youth Ottawa meant that my efforts and the efforts of my group in bettering the community are making an impact, this has encouraged me to continue modelling Indigenous values.”

-Recipient of 2018 Youth Ottawa RBC Take a Stand Award

Zaineb Al-Faesly

“I was always uncertain about pursuing my master’s degree and this award gave me a financial push. Being a student is expensive so I’m grateful to Youth Ottawa for this opportunity and their support.”

-Recipient of 2018 RBC Strength through Diversity Award

Maya Basudde

“Being recognized for the RBC Spirit of the Capital Arts & Culture award was one of the first times that I felt like what I was doing was important.”

-Recipient of 2017 RBC Arts & Culture Award

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