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Communities Building Youth Futures wishes you Happy Holidays!

Posted on December 16, 2021
By Vibrant Communities

As we take the time to reflect on 2021 for Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF), we also want to take the chance to highlight and celebrate the work that the CBYF communities have accomplished since becoming part of the network in June 2020.

The moments we’re celebrating as 2021 comes to a close include:chandler-cruttenden-snowy-sky

  • 12 communities have launched their collective impact initiative
  • Over 330 local leaders have been engaged as members of local leadership tables, including 119 youth, 23 employers, 118 community organizations, 70 government/education organizations
  • 5,600 youth have been engaged in local Leadership Tables, Backbone staff roles, Innovation Fund projects, and other activities, programs and projects
  • 14 Community Innovation Fund project have been implemented

Action on six priorities

The impact that the pandemic has had on youth across communities is being felt in varying degrees and in varying ways.

The 12 communities have identified and started implementing initiatives on six common priorities for youth to help support their journey from high school to graduation and to post-secondary education, training and employment.

Those common priorities are as follows:
  • Accessible Education
  • Identity and Social Connection
  • Service Navigation and Access to Supports
  • Youth Engagement and Leadership
  • Holistic Health and Wellbeing
  • Employment and Mentorship

To give you a sense of some of the exciting work happening in the CBYF communities and network, below are some of the resources produced over the last calendar year for your reading pleasure:

Case Studies highlighting the Community Innovation Fund projects

Webinar recordingsEN CBYF webinar Nov 29 - Featured image v2

Online Gallery of 2021 Seeing Youth Futures Photo Contest Winners

May 2021 Annual Gathering

The second Communities Building Youth Futures Annual Gathering brought together 389 participants (including 85 youth) across North America.

Blog posts

We wish to thank our partners and CBYF communities for a great 2021 and we are ever grateful for your vision and commitment to Building Youth Futures. Wishing you a peaceful and restful holiday season.


Nathalie and the CBYF team

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Vibrant Communities

By Vibrant Communities

Vibrant Communities supports cities and local leaders to develop and implement large-scale change initiatives through four learning networks: Ending Poverty, Deepening Community, Building Youth Futures and Climate Transitions. Our belief is that when we are effective in strengthening community capacity to engage citizens, lead collaboratively, deepen community and reduce poverty, our work contributes to the building of peace and more equitable society.

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