Communities Building Youth Futures



Communities Building Youth Futures is a collective impact movement aimed at improving the future of 5,000 youth.

Tamarack Institute and the Government of Canada, through the Goal Getters program, have committed to a five-year pan-Canadian project to develop collective impact and system-wide solutions for youth as they build and act upon plans for their future.

Communities Building Youth Futures is committed to improving outcomes for youth who face barriers as they pursue their education and transition to employment and understands that this work requires collaborative, community-championed solutions with youth leadership and youth engagement. 

The CBYF team is here to support you, learn more about members of the team; Nathalie Blanchet, Kimber Kunimoto and Trisha Islam. Feel free to connect with any of them.


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Our 5-Year Collective Impact Strategy

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Plan on a Page

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Membership Directory 

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Communities Building Youth Futures in the media:

  • Yellowknife's 'We are all Connected' event brings people of all ages to paddle together. [English only] 

  • Chilliwack's Bigger Than Me Podcast discusses the Chilliwack Health and Social Innovation Hub with its director, Martha Dow [English only]

  • Check out Laval's recap of the Metal Art Project [French only]

The ambitious plan to transform the lives of youth

Upcoming Events

Getting Started

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Engaging Underrepresented Youth

This series of four webinars highlight how a collective impact approach can be used to improve community outcomes for underrepresented youth. You will be introduced to core conditions found in the collective impact framework.

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Engaging Youth

Meaningfully Engaging Youth

We co-developed this guide with youth leaders and representatives from youth-serving organizations to shine a light on the principles and practices that lead to meaningful youth engagement. 

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Top 5 Lessons Learned on Building a Leadership Table

These lessons will ensure you have the power to make a stellar leadership team to help you and your team achieve the outcomes of the CBYF initiative. Take the reins and lead the leaders. 

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Understanding Youth Through Empathy Mapping

In this field note, you’ll see how an Empathy Map can help your initiative gain insight into the needs of those you are hoping to impact.

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CBYF Laval Keeps Their Community Motivated Through Art

Over the past year, CBYF Laval supported several community initiatives aimed at supporting the motivation of youth during the pandemic. Some of these initiatives have led to exceptional artistic projects in which youth were...

Putting Art at the Center of Our Social Change Efforts

When we look at the social change sector as a whole, there is a growing awareness of the importance of art in engaging the hands, the heads and the hearts of the people who are looking to make positive transformations in...

3 Funding Opportunities to Support Community Initiatives

The Government of Canada and its partners are currently accepting applications for three major funding opportunities for communities. Through the funding opportunities, communities can apply for funding to support public...



Building the Bridge to Youth Success: Overcoming the Digital Divide

The pandemic has intensified the digital divide for youth across Canada. Building the Bridge to Youth Success: Overcoming the Digital Divide, a series of essays from 8 youth-focused organizations, shows us how we can use...

CASE STUDY | Prince Albert Bridges the Digital Divide with Local Youth

The digital divide experienced by many youths in communities in Canada had a significant impact on youths’ ability to participate and succeed in school, to connect with their peers, and to access opportunities and supports.

CASE STUDY | Portage la Prairie: Roving Campus Re-engages Students

Portage la Prairie’s Roving Campus is a new innovative initiative created by three local teachers with support from the Portage la Prairie School Division. Launched in 2020, the Roving Campus operates five days a week. Three...



WEBINAR | Monitoring Outcomes & Measuring Impact

The Opportunity Youth Forum was launched in 2012 as a national movement to create innovative, place-based and collaborative solutions to reconnect America’s then 6.7 million opportunity youth to education and employment.

WEBINAR | Communities Mobilizing to Build Youth Futures

Youth are the future of our communities. The more we can support them to be successful, the more we are helping our communities to be prosperous.

WEBINAR | Meaningfully Engaging Youth in Evaluation

How can we ensure that the work we do is youth-centered and reflective of youth voice? Meaningfully engaging youth often requires a different approach than engaging adults, particularly in evaluation. How can we move beyond...


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