Calling Young Changemakers!

Call-out to youth for blog submissions

Are you aged 15 to 30?

Do you believe that young people play an important role in their communities? We are looking for original blogs, interviews, poems, personal stories, illustrations or photo essays that have a focus on collaboration, neighbourhoods, community change, and leadership

Why? We believe that we can learn a lot from youth. We believe that youth who live in Canada perspectives, beliefs, and visions for the future should shape our work and we want to share these with change-makers across Canada.


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Sounds great. Tell me more.

To celebrate the launch of the Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF) initiative Tamarack wants to include youth blogs in our bi-monthly publication.


Tamarack Institute in partnership with the Government of Canada is implementing Communities Building Youth Futures. This five-year initiative with 13 communities across Canada will collaboratively develop solutions that support youth (aged 15 to 30) as they build and act upon plans for their future. The goal is to support youth in navigating transitions through high school graduation, post-secondary education, training, and employment. 

Key outcomes of this initiative include:


  • Youth will be supported in their education to employment journey

  • Youth will have a voice and contribute to initiatives that support them in their educational outcomes

  • Communities will have an increased awareness of and capacity for addressing the challenges being faced by local youth

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What we’re looking for

Subject matter can include:

  • Issues affecting youth

  • Existing activities for or by youth in your community

  • Importance of collaboration, learning from data and community mapping to support youth

  • We are committed to sharing content that is diverse and reflective of all our communities. We encourage submissions from youth who live in Canada and who have diverse experience and intersectional identities

Submission Details

  • We are looking to feature the work of 10 youth in our bi-monthly newsletter until March 2021 

  • Send us an explanation of your idea (25 – 50 words) 

  • We will be accepting up to 3 submissions per person over the duration of this Call-out for Submissions 

  • Please also send us 1-2 line bio about yourself that provides context as to who you are 

  • Tamarack will provide a $60 honorarium per submission that we publish  

The submission deadline is September 30th, 2020. We will be selecting submission ideas as they come in.  


Criteria for Decision 

Tamarack will consider posts that are in-line with the key outcomes of the Communities Building Youth Futures initiative (see What we’re looking for). Though we welcome international perspectives to this work, preference will be given to young writers who live in Canada. 


We will contact you if your submission is approved and provide additional guidelinesIf your idea is approved, you will be asked to submit a blog post that is maximum 500 words and includes images, video, infographic or illustration. 


Send us a brief explanation of your idea! Envoie-nous une brève description de ton idée!