Apply to Become a Working Group Lead!

Are you 13 to 24 and interested in making a difference in Toronto? Consider applying to lead one of the Toronto Youth Cabinet's Working Groups!

Volunteer Title: various - see below
Term: May 2017- April 2018
Hours per week: 3-4
Application Deadline: April 20th, 2017 (11:59pm)
Successful candidates will be contacted on April 21st, 2017 to schedule interview
Interviews: April 24-26th, 2017
The successful candidates will be contacted on April 27th or 28th, 2017.
Leadership Team Orientation taking place on Sunday, April 30th, 2017.

Be sure to check out our Executive positions too!

We are happy to announce that the Toronto Youth Cabinet is now accepting applications for amazing young people to become our Working Group Leads for the 2017-18 term! Be sure to read through the application before you begin. We recommend completing the application in another word processor and then copy/paste your answers into the form. Once you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email with the application you submitted. If you have any questions about the application process, please email us at apply@thetyc.ca

The deadline for applications is Thursday, April 20th at 11:59pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted. All applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 24 years of age. This is a volunteer position. Successful applicants are required to attend the Leadership Team Orientation on Sunday, April 30th. 

The Toronto Youth Cabinet encourages applications from indigenous youth, youth of colour, LGBTQ2SIA youth, and youth with experiences of migration.

For your reference, we have included a short description for each of the seven (7) Working Groups below to give an idea of the type of work done by each Working Group. If you have questions about these descriptions or the Toronto Youth Cabinet generally, please email us at apply@thetyc.ca

All Working Group Leads are expected to:
- Attend monthly Leadership Team meetings and monthly Cabinet meetings
- Communicate regularly via email and Slack
- Fulfill their roles as outlined in the Constitution and TYC policies:

  • Shall be responsible for developing and executing a one-year work plan for the Working Group
  • Shall be responsible for membership recruitment, engagement, and retention for the Working Group
  • Shall work with the Executive Committee to ensure effective collaboration and communication
  • Shall perform such tasks as to be in compliance with organizational policies & procedures, as well as directives from the Leadership Team
  • Shall miss no more than two (2) meetings without prior notice and reason

This commitment will take approximately 3 to 4 hours per week, depending on the role. Meetings typically take place during the evenings and weekends, most often in the TYC Office located at City Hall. TTC tokens are provided for all transportation related to TYC work.

Benefits of becoming a Working Group Lead:
- Gain leadership experience
- Personal development support
- Learn about City Hall & municipal governance
- Networking opportunities
- Access to TYC Office
- Meet local decision-makers

TYES Working Group
The TYES Working Group will advise City staff and support the implementation of the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy (TYES)- Gender-Based Violence. The Working Group will consist of a Lead and members with lived experience as part of the trans, two-spirited and gender-diverse communities.

Transit Working Group
The Transit Working Group aims to advocate for transit policies that meet the needs of youth and students in Toronto.

School Boards Working Group
The School Boards Working Group strives to connect the Toronto Youth Cabinet with the Toronto's school boards in order to develop initiatives to benefit students. In doing so, we endeavour to raise awareness on issues related to youth in education at municipal levels.

Community Safety Working Group
By developing initiatives concerning policing and violence prevention, the Community Safety Working Group strives to create a safer Toronto.

Equity & Employment Working Group
The Equity & Employment Working Group works to fight the city's rising rate of youth unemployment, improve access to jobs for marginalized youth, and work with staff to reduce barriers for young people as part of the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy.

Housing Working Group
Are you a young person interested in issues of housing? The Housing Working Group is dedicated to creating effective strategies to build equal opportunity for youth in securing housing.

Budget Working Group
The Budget Working Group aims to increase youth awareness, engagement, and excitement around the City’s Budget process and in the Participatory Budgeting Pilot.

Applications Open for 2017-18 Executive Positions

Want to learn about municipal government and make a difference in your city? Join the Toronto Youth Cabinet!

OTHER DATES:

Call-out for Working Group Leads
Application Deadline: April 20th, 2017
Successful candidates will be contacted on April 21st, 2017 to schedule interview
Interviews: April 24-26th, 2017
The successful candidates will be contacted on April 26th or 27th, 2017.

TYC Leadership Team Orientation Day: April 30th, 2017 (all day, mandatory for all successful applicants)

Please note: The period from April 30th to May 13th has been dedicated to on-boarding and transition from team-to-team. Terms will officially commence on May 14th, 2017. 

Volunteer Title: various - see below
Term: May 2017- April 2018
Hours per week: 4-5
Application Deadline: April 6th, 2017
Successful candidates will be contacted on April 7th, 2017 to schedule interview
Interviews: April 10-12th, 2017
The successful candidates will be contacted on April 13th or 14th, 2017.

Be sure to check out our Working Group Lead positions too!

We are happy to announce that the Toronto Youth Cabinet is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Executive Team! Be sure to read through the application before you begin. We recommend completing the application in another word processor and then copy/paste your answers into the form. Once you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email with the application you submitted. If you have any questions about the application process, please email us at apply@thetyc.ca

The deadline for applications is Thursday, April 6th at 11:59pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted. All applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 24 years of age. This is a volunteer position. 

The Toronto Youth Cabinet encourages applications from indigenous youth, youth of colour, LGBTQ2SIA youth, and youth with experiences of migration.

For your reference, we have included the job descriptions for the six (6) Executive Team roles below. If you have questions about these descriptions or the Toronto Youth Cabinet generally, please email us at apply@thetyc.ca

All members of the Executive Team are expected to:
- Attend weekly/bi-weekly Executive & Leadership Team meetings and monthly Cabinet meetings
- Support the different Working Groups
- Fulfill their roles as outlined in the Constitution and TYC policies
This commitment will take approximately 4 to 5 hours per week, depending on the role. Meetings typically take place during the evenings and weekends, most often in the TYC Office located at City Hall. TTC tokens are provided for all transportation related to TYC work.

Benefits of joining the Executive Team:
- Gain senior leadership experience
- Personal development support
- Learn about City Hall & municipal governance
- Networking opportunities
- Access to TYC Office
- Meet local decision-makers

Director of Internal Affairs
Description: The Director of Internal Affairs is responsible for the internal management of the the organization, including: human resource management, conflict resolution, developing policies and procedures for the organization, managing the member progress tracking system, membership development, and preparing for Cabinet meetings.

Director of Stakeholder Engagement
The Director of Stakeholder Engagement is a multi-faceted executive role that looks for people who like to talk to other people. As the Director of Stakeholder Engagement, you will work with community groups, propose partnerships with them and other bodies in and across the city, and create avenues in which young people can thrive. You will also oversee the advisory board: a group of experts, community builders, politicians, and journalists who provide strategic advice to the Toronto Youth Cabinet. You will also take over the mentorship program, a program that piloted last year and will launch in earnest in 2017-2018 that connects young people to individuals and leaders in their field. Lastly, the Director of Stakeholder Engagement ensures that the initiatives we get launch or get involved with, and the work we do is in line with our overarching mandate and goal. This is a great role to fine-tune your public speaking and interpersonal skills as well as represent the Toronto Youth Cabinet and meet leaders across the city!

Director of Council Relations
Description: The Director of Council Relations is responsible for building relationships between Councillors and the Cabinet, supporting Working Groups in their relations with Council, reporting to the Executive Team and the membership on the actions of City Council, and furthering the relationship with the Office of the Mayor.

Director of Public Relations
Description: The Director of Public Relations is tasked with spearheading the social media presence of the organization as well as promoting our various events, programs, and meetings.  The Director of Public Relations also assists working group leads with graphic design and branding for various projects.  You will also assist in the development and maintenance of brochures and other outreach materials, as well as coordinate media relations prior to media conferences and events. 

Director of Policy & Advocacy
Director of Policy and Advocacy: identifies issues and works with members to develop initiatives and official positions of the TYC. Supports direction and initiatives of working groups by writing motions, leading research projects, and delivering presentations to the Cabinet.

Director of Organizational Development
Description: The Director of Organizational Development is responsible for planning quarterly training days, developing civic literacy materials for the membership, preparing presentations on significant civic issues to be delivered at monthly Cabinet meetings. 

Present a Workshop at the 2017 TYC Summit

We are looking for outgoing and enthusiastic individuals who want to share their knowledge and expertise with youth, ages 13 to 24. Build your résumé and inspire and empower youth by sharing your knowledge and experience. This year's theme is civic engagement and technology.

Event Date: Saturday, May 13th, 2017.

Workshop Facilitator Guidelines:

  • Proposal (on following pages) must be completed in full.
  • The topic should be relevant to the theme of TYC Summit 2017 (civic engagement and technology).
  • The speaker must have reputation/experience in the topic area.
  • Workshop facilitators must be available to present at TYC Summit on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at City Hall in Toronto.
  • Workshops must be 50 minutes in length. Workshop facilitators will be required to present their workshop twice. If you require more than 50 minutes (e.g., 2 hours), please specify this in your proposal.
  • Workshops should be hands-on and interactive. Participants should be engaged in an intensive discussion or activity on a particular subject or topic.
  • Each workshop will be attended by about 25-35 youth.

If you are selected as a workshop facilitator, you will receive:

  • An honorarium/thank you gift
  • A free lunch
  • The opportunity to build your résumé and inspire and empower youth from across Toronto

Submission Questions:

If you have any questions regarding your proposal submission, please contact the Workshop Leads:

Gabriel Shifferaw (gabriel@thetyc.ca)

Abbas Raza (abbas@thetyc.ca)

 

Submission deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017

Apply to be our new Executive Director

Are you passionate about creating a more equitable and youth-friendly Toronto? Do you have an interest in politics and public policy? Do you have leadership experience that you’d like to bring to the next level? 

This is the role for you!

Volunteer Title: Executive Director
Term: May 2017- April 2018
Hours per month: 15-20
Application Deadline: March 23rd, 2017 (11:59pm)
Successful candidates will be contacted on March 24th, 2017 to schedule interview
Interviews: March 27-29th, 2017
The successful candidates will be contacted on March 30th or 31st, 2017.

Description:
The Executive Director is responsible for the management of the Executive & Leadership Teams and the organization as a whole. Responsibilities include: creating and executing an annual work plan, responding to external requests, acting a liaison with City staff, ensuring the overall direction of the organization is in line with governance policies and the membership, membership development, and working with the Coordinator on funding, policy, and personnel issues.
The Executive Director is expected to attend all Executive, Leadership, and Cabinet meetings each month, typically on Thursday evenings. Executive Director must fall within the TYC's age range: 13-24 years old.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • An interest in politics and/or public policy, particularly at a municipal level
  • A strong desire to create positive change for and with the young people of Toronto
  • An understanding of an anti-oppression framework
  • Senior leadership experience with youth/student organizations and/or political/advocacy organizations and/or grassroots/volunteer-led organizations
  • A history of working positively within teams and promoting collaboration

Benefits of getting involved:

  • Gain senior leadership experience
  • Personal development support
  • Learn about City Hall & municipal governance
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to TYC Office
  • Meet local decision-makers

If you have any questions about this role, feel free to email our current Executive Director, Tom Gleason, at tomgleason@thetyc.ca
 

Other Dates:

Call-out for Executive Team
Application Launch: March 9th, 2017
Application Deadline: April 6th, 2017
Successful candidates will be contacted on April 7th, 2017 to schedule interview
Interviews: April 10-12th, 2017
The successful candidates will be contacted on April 13th or 14th, 2017.

Call-out for Working Group Leads
Application Launch: March 23rd, 2017
Application Deadline: April 20th, 2017
Successful candidates will be contacted on April 21st, 2017 to schedule interview
Interviews: April 24-26th, 2017
The successful candidates will be contacted on April 26th or 27th, 2017.

TYC Leadership Team Orientation Day: April 30th, 2017 (all day, mandatory for all successful applicants)

Please note: The period from April 30th to May 13th has been dedicated to on-boarding and transition from team-to-team. Terms will officially commence on May 14th, 2017. 

Deadline to Apply: March 23rd, 2017

The 2016 Annual Identify 'N' Impact Awards

On January 27th, 2017, the Toronto Youth Cabinet held their 9th Annual Identify 'N' Impact Award Show, where we celebrated the achievements of youth in communities across Toronto.  This year, five awards were given to exceptional youth for their efforts in building a better tomorrow. We also had performances from phenomenal young artists. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who attended the INI Awards!

List of Winners:

Equity and Diversity: Gul-e-Rana

Community Safety: Danny Ampadu

Young Entrepreneurship: Edward Tian

Community Building through the Arts: Sariena Luy

Urban Health:: Sacraspice Community Services

Your First Cabinet Meeting: What to Expect

by Nishi Kumar, Director of Organizational Development

Welcome to Toronto Youth Cabinet! Our monthly Cabinet Meetings are where we share our ideas about TYC’s work, learn about different issues at City Hall, and plan for upcoming events and initiatives. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of every month at City Hall. Our meetings are open to all youth age 13-24 who live, work, or learn in the City of Toronto. Here’s what you can expect:

Before the meeting
Sign up for our mailing list to keep up with all TYC’s events and news. Once a month, we’ll send you an EventBrite invitation for a Cabinet Meeting. Check out the invite to read the agenda and find out the room number.

During the meeting

  • 6:00-6:15pm: Welcome & Food

  • 6:15-7:00pm: Reports, Presentations & Discussions
    First, we’ll go over what happened at the last meeting, and each member of the Leadership Team will share updates. Next we’ll have a discussion or a presentation about an issue in the City of Toronto, or we’ll facilitate a skills-building workshop. If there’s something you’d like to learn about or discuss, feel free to contact the Director of Organizational Development (nishi@thetyc.ca) with suggestions!

  • 7:00-8:00pm: Breakout sessions
    At your first meeting, the Chair will offer a short orientation to TYC. You’ll have a chance to ask any questions, get a picture of TYC’s structure, and learn more about what we’ve been working on.

After that, you’ll check out our Working Groups. Working Groups are the backbone of TYC - each group engages in advocacy and runs events around a specific topic. Working Groups meet at different times throughout the month, but Cabinet Meetings are a chance to share ideas and make plans for the next month.

  • 8:00pm: Closing & distributing TTC tokens

After the meeting

That’s it! If you have any questions after the meeting, feel free to reach out to the Director of Internal Affairs (hamdi@thetyc.ca). Make sure to stay connected with your Working Groups through email or Slack to get involved in their initiatives and continue your conversations.  After attending 3 Cabinet Meetings, you’re officially a TYC “Member”, meaning you’re able to get volunteer hours for school and other cool opportunities.

Deputation on the 2017 Budget

On January 10th, our Executive Director, Tom Gleason, gave a deputation at City Council's Budget Committee on the TYC's concerns and suggestions for the 2017 Operating Budget. Check out the video and speech below!

Text:

Good evening Budget Committee,

On behalf of the Toronto Youth Cabinet, I would like to thank you for this opportunity to speak tonight.

I am here to express our concern over the long-term structural issues around the Budget. Over the past few years, Council has made the policy decision to pursue annual cuts, which weaken the services many Torontonians rely upon. Strong Housing, transit, health, and social services are key to ensuring a prosperous and equitable City. 

While expenditure management is always an important piece of the budget process, staff have repeatedly reported that we have a revenue problem. While this budget takes some steps to address this, we wish it would go further. We recommend two strategies:

Peg property taxes increases to the rate of economic growth, which this year would be 3.4%, coincidentally the percentage increase in TTC fares, and;

Support motions that bring our property taxes in line with the rest of the GTA.

With this additional fiscal capacity, we would like to see Council continue to invest in housing, in transit, in services that make citizens healthier and better connected, and reduce reliance upon bridging strategies and the Land Transfer Tax. These strategies would also put us on better footing to request more progressive revenue tools from the Province, which we need if we are to compete with other world class cities like Chicago and New York. 

We cannot build the housing and transit we need in this City on a status quo budget. We need investments, which ideally we would make over a period of time, and not just push off on to younger generations in future years. To paraphrase our Budget Lead: 
stop kicking the can down the road, we’re the end of the road. 

Finally, I would like to echo a message that I believe I delivered this time last year. That is that it would be to our collective advantage if we had community consultations at the beginning of this process and not just at the end. I understand it takes time and can be frustrating, but I think we would benefit from being able to spend the summer months having conversations about the City we would like to build.

Thanks again for this opportunity and for your diligent work on this Budget.

 

Youth Talks: (un)Employment

Mon, 16 January 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Sitting at 22%, Toronto's youth unemployment rate is higher than ever. Now, more than ever, we need a cohesive municipal strategy that supports, funds and encourages employment opportunities for youth.

The Toronto Youth Cabinet invites you to Youth Talks: (un)Employment, a public townhall that discusses the barriers facing youth today, and how we, as Torontonians, can advocate for greater access to employment services. Come learn about some Toronto-based programs that can enhance your professional experiences and skills, and speak first hand to our three expert panelists, that know a thing or two about youth employment.

Expert Panelists:

Vass Bednar: As the Chair of the federal Expert Panel on Youth Employment and a member of Airbnb's public policy team, Vass has travelled across the country to speak to Canadian youth. She carries with her, a unique policy-focused perspective to tackling youth unemployment.

Othniel Litchmore: In his various capacities, both as the founder and host of 'Making it in Toronto' podcasts and Senior Program Design and Development Analyst at the Ontario Public Service, Othniel brings a great deal of insight to the table. Hear about his personal journey and listen to what he has learnt from his peers.

Toronto Community Benefits Network: has built a strong community-labour partnership with a support base of workforce development agencies, learning institutions and funders. Come and explore how they envision Toronto as an inclusive, thriving city in which all residents have equitable opportunities to contribute to healthy communities and a prospering economy.

Light refreshments will be served. First 100 registrants get a free Employment 101 toolkit! If you have an accessibility-related request and/or have any questions or concerns, please email Yasmeen Emadi, our Youth Employment Lead at yasmeen@thetyc.ca

We hope to see you there!