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State of the World's Youth
November 7-8, 2013 | Toronto, Ontario

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Focused on the State of the World's Youth, the OCIC Global Citizens Forum 2013 will be held in downtown Toronto, November 7-8, 2013. It will bring together over 100 international cooperation sector leaders and practitioners, issue-specific experts, advocates, academics, funders, and youth to strengthen individual and collective capacity, and increase multi-stakeholder dialogue on issues most affecting youth globally. 
The Forum will provide an important space for networking, skill-sharing and cross-sector understanding for a range of professionals concerned about and working towards addressing local and global youth challenges and opportunities. The Forum kicks off on Thursday morning with two keynote addresses by Rita Karakas from Canada World Youth and Jennifer Corriero from TakingITGlobal.
Their addresses will be followed by a total of 18 skills- and knowledge-based workshops over two days exploring topics from our three conference strands: YOUTH AS INFLUENCERS, 21st CENTURY LEARNING and EMPLOYMENT, LIVELIHOODS & WELLBEING. These workshops are designed to train development workers and global educators on how to increase their effectiveness as professionals and as a collective sector. To see a detailed program schedule including workshop and panellist details, please click here. This page is continually being updated - Please check back regularily for updates!
International partners of Jane Goodall Institute, Rooftops Canada, Casa Canadiense, Jamaica Self Help will be traveling to Toronto especially for the conference, joining us as special guests. A special panel has been organized on the second day of the conference where all of the above mentioned will present their insights into their work in Congo, Kenya, Nicaragua and Jamaica, respectively. This promises to be an excellent feature of the conference that will allow us all a greater sense of work taking place in international contexts and around youth and international development.
To close the conference, a special reception is being held at the 519 Community Centre, where all participants have the added opportunity to build relationships and extend conversations started during the workshop days.

Forum Objectives

 1. To convene OCIC members, youth and relevant organizations to strengthen individual and collective capacity in addressing issues affecting youth globally; 
 2. To share tools, research and good practices to increase effectiveness in youth-centered work in the international cooperation sector;
 3. To facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue on relevant and emerging issues that are pertinent to youth and youth-serving organizations globally;
 4. To highlight and support the work of organizations and practitioners as agents of change in development challenges affecting youth. 


The Forum aims to attract a wide and diverse audience of individuals and organizations supporting international development, global education, and youth development. More specifically, we expect the following to attend OCIC Global Citizens Forum:
  • OCIC member organizational, network and institutional members and their staff, Boards, volunteers, and other affiliates 
  • OCIC associate members, 
  • Youth, staff and volunteers of youth development programming in Ontario and beyond,
  • International partners of OCIC member organizations, 
  • Students and interested youth currently enrolled in international development study programs 
or aspiring to enter the field, 
  • Academics and practitioners specialized in other disciplines (ie. health, law, media, etc.) with interest in addressing global youth challenges and who are seeking practical tools to broaden their scope and impact,
  • Other relevant individuals and organizations (non-members of OCIC) who work in community/international development and global education such as advocates, activists, academics, funders, policy makers, and issue-specific experts.

Full Program and Workshop Descriptions

To see the full program chick here

Student & Youth Scholarships

OCIC strives to provide scholarships to students and youth who need support to attend the OCIC Global Citizens Forum 2013. The number of scholarships available depend on how many individuals apply, and what your specific needs are. As a principle of solidarity OCIC ask those with sufficient resources pay full registration fees, and those requiring scholarships request only the level that is necessary. Please note scholarship will be awarded on a rolling bases. 

Eligibility Criteria
- Applicants must be 18 - 24 years of age, as of November 7, 2013.
- Applicants must permanently reside in Ontario. Preference will be given to those with the greatest financial need, and those who reside outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
- Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to youth development, locally and/or globally.

Volunteer at the Global Citizens Forum

OCIC is looking for a team of committed individuals to support the execution of this exciting event. Up to 15 volunteers will be selected and notified by October 18, 2013. (NOTE: Call for volunteers is now closed. Thanks to everyone that applied). 


The 519 Church Street Community Centre
519 Church Street
Toronto, ON
M4Y 2C9 Canada
Accessiblity note: Wheelchair accessible building including main entrance and barrier free washrooms, braille elevator, lowered buttons, and street parking


Is the location accessible?

Yes. The 519 Community Centre is fully accessible. 

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes. Tickets are transferable. Please contact OCIC directly if you would like to transfer your ticket.  

Where should I stay in Toronto?

Forum participants are encouraged to stay at: Annex Quest House 83 Spadina Road (North of Bloor Street) Toronto, ON M5R 2T1 Phone: 416.922.1934 OR Castlegate Inn 219 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2T8, Phone: 416.323.1657

3 female and 2 male participants collaborate in a group excercise dsicussing points to write on a flipchart paper.     A female participant listens to a speaker (out of frame) at the OCIC GCF 2010.
For more information please contact Jennifer at / 416.972.6303.