- YOUCAN: Youth Organizing to Understand Conflict and Advocate Nonviolence
YOUCAN is a non-profit organization specializing in youth-led methods for non-violent conflict resolution. YOUCAN is driven by youth and community volunteers and they are the key to YOUCAN's success. YOUCAN is run by young people, from our youth board of directors from across Canada, to our volunteer youth teams.
Strategic PlanYOUCANStrategy 2010-2015
"YOUCAN equips youth to engage and inspire others to peacefully resolve conflicts and develop healthy relationships in their communities."
- Mandate & ObjectivesYOUCAN is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to building a culture of peace among youth. We are Canada's leading organization run for-youth-by-youth. Our vision is to foster "a nation where all youth work in partnership with their communities to grow in peaceful and conflict resolving lifestyles."
Our core objectives are:
- To promote the peaceful resolution of personal, community and societal conflicts.
- To promote the concept of non-violence, peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
- To establish a Canadian and International network of youth peacebuilders.
- To highlight and affirm the work of peacebuilders of all ages, especially that of young Canadians. Crime prevention, conflict resolution and violence prevention programs have been in Canada for many years. One of the largest gaps identified in the ongoing research has been the networking of programs, ideas, stories and resources in the area of conflict resolution for-youth-by-youth. YOUCAN was founded due to a need for a youth led organization that focused on developing solutions for youth issues. It strives to promote a message of non-violence in our communities and our schools.
YOUCAN is committed to focusing on peaceful conflict resolution, the prevention of violence and consensus building through youth led initiatives.YOUCAN assists youth in exploring the connection between conflict resolution and violence prevention. This, combined with training workshops, forums and national conferences provide youth with the skills and knowledge to make a real difference in our communities by developing "Youth Taking Action" plans. These plans allow for youth empowerment by challenging youth to identify the most current issues they face in their schools and create solutions to address them.
These skills are applicable to all facets of life and will last a lifetime. In the past nine years, YOUCAN has trained over 29,000 youth nation-wide in the skills of facilitation and non-violent conflict resolution. YOUCAN stays in touch with youth who represent every province and territory in Canada as well as members in Colombia, Slovakia, Mexico, and Jamaica.
Our mission is to develop and promote nationwide youth-led initiatives. Our goal is to facilitate the training and development of such initiatives across Canada in order to prepare today's youth for the challenges of tomorrow. We hope to achieve this mission, in cooperation with Canada's youth by giving them ownership of the process. Not only does this empower youth within their communities, but it will also ensure a future of peace created for youth-by-youth.
- AchievementsOver 29,000 Canadian youth have been trained in the basics of conflict resolution by March 31st, 2011.
Hundreds of youth have been trained as facilitators in Peacebuilders One and have assisted in providing training to other youth.
An interactive website (www.youcan.ca) for youth interested in conflict resolution hosted by YOUCAN.
The Peacebuilders program with eight modules has been developed. Two modules are currently being developed.
A national PSA television campaign has been aired which directs youth struggling with violence to YOUCAN's website.
YOUCAN has hosted five international Resolve It! youth conferences on peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
YOUCAN has hosted nine Youth on Track forums in Partnership with Corrections Canada to get youth active in preventing crime.SponsorsYOUCAN would like to thank ours generous sponsors for their ongoing support.If you would like to sponsor YOUCAN, please feel free to Contact us
- Contact UsYOUCAN Ottawa (National Office)c/o St. Paul University223 Main St.
Toll-Free: 1.888.4YOUCAN (1.888.496.8226)
Local Fax: 613.235.5801
Toll-Free Fax: 1.877.309.5969
e-mail: email@example.comYOUCAN Edmonton (office address)11124 - 130th St.
YOUCAN Edmonton (mailing address)P.O. Box 62041
YOUCAN is grateful for the support of:
- Celebrating a New National Partnership:
- Innovation and Creativity for Resolving Conflict!If you are interested in creating a conflict resolving and restorative classroom, school, youth centre, community group, prison or place of work, YOUCAN has the expertise and training programs to help you!While each client has different needs, interests and desired outcomes, YOUCAN has been able to tailor our training to fit the needs of community groups, schools and prisons. YOUCAN continues to look for clients and partners in diverse regions across Canada and abroad.
Please call ç today to discuss your organization or community need!
Toll-free 1- 888- 496- 8226 ext. 223
Current Projects of Interest:
ResourcesHere are some great FREE resources that YOUCAN uses as part of its training program. Please feel free to download and use these resources as often as you would like, but remember to let people know where you got them! Come back often, because we're always uploading new resources for you to use and enjoy!
- Kipling Collegiate, Toronto, Ontario
- Collins Bay Medium Security Prison, Kingston, Ontario
- Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Ottawa, Ontario
- Restorative Approaches Poster Small: 8.5" x 11" Large: 12" x 18")
- Restorative Approaches Wheel
- Restorative Approaches Spectrum
Poems & Texts
Games & Activities
- YOUCAN Values Inventory
- Icebreakers (coming soon!)
- 4 Corners (from Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution) - (coming soon!)
- Cultural Bingo (from Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution) - (coming soon!)
Why Invest in YOUCAN
- 10 years of development and field testing in schools and communities across Canada have proven the YOUCAN™ Peacebuilder program to be effective in changing attitudes and beliefs on violence.
- For accreditation, YOUCAN has created the National Youth Peacebuilder Program Advisory of Saint Paul University.
- Upon completion all eight modules participants will be granted a certificate from Saint Paul University for three credits towards a Bachelors Degree.
- Extensive, ongoing evaluation of how conflict resolution training influences changes in attitudes and behaviours towards violence.