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 ( 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 ( 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!


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

We hope to see you there!

New guidelines for TYC Membership & volunteer hours

TYC membership is changing!

After many discussions, we are introducing some new guidelines for TYC Membership and eligibility for volunteer hours with the Toronto Youth Cabinet.

Introducing TYC Supporters

We recognize that there is some discrepancy in the work done by those involved in the TYC. To address this, we've created a new TYC Supporter category. TYC Supporters are those involved that have attended less than 3 of the last 7 Cabinet meetings and are not actively involved in a Working Group. TYC Supporters are welcome to join in conversations, participate in meetings, and attend events. TYC Supporters are not eligible for volunteer hours.

TYC Members

The Toronto Youth Cabinet is completely volunteer led and we really value all the effort and work put in by our members. That's why we have created these new membership guidelines: to show our appreciation for our volunteers and make membership more meaningful. TYC Members are now described as those who have attended at least 3 of the last 7 Cabinet meetings or who are actively involved in a Working Group. Like Supporters, TYC Members are able to join in conversations, participate in meetings, and attend events. TYC Members are also able to get volunteer hours for the work they do and meetings they attend and be eligible for special opportunities, including external advisory bodies and special events. 

When you make the jump from Supporter to Member, you will be able to receive volunteer hours accumulated to that point.

Only the Executive Director and Director of Internal Affairs are able to sign-off on volunteer hours.

Announcing the TYC Strategy & Innovation Working Group

The Strategy & Innovation Working Group aims to develop creative strategies for meaningful engagement and to drive positive policy outcomes.

Projects include: 2017 Youth Week, TYC Hackathon, 2018 election engagement planning, and political strategy.

All roles are volunteer with a 2-3 hour/ week time commitment. Benefits of getting involved include: develop leadership abilities, build your resume, make new connections, meet with local decision-makers, gain experience with high-profile initiatives, learn about local politics and governance.

- excellent time management & teamwork/ collaboration skills
- ability to check messages at least every 24 hours
- past leadership experience and/or knowledge of municipal politics/ governance is an asset
- a desire to work on large and dynamic projects and drive change


Strategy & Innovation Lead

Description: The Strategy & Innovation Lead will work closely with the Executive Director and Director of Community Engagement in coordinating all Working Group projects. The Lead will be required to attend Leadership Team meetings on the first Thursday of the month and Cabinet Meetings on the second Thursday of each month. Lead should have knowledge of municipal issues and experience leading teams. Strategy development and implementation experience is an asset.

Associate, Project Management

Description: The Associate, Project Management will coordinate the development of several projects to ensure group remains on track and meets all deadlines. Experience with project management tools/ strategies, including Gantt charts, an asset.

Associate, Partnerships

Description: The Associate, Partnerships will forge and manage new external relationships and partnerships in order to maximize impact of projects.

Associate, Design

Description: The Associate, Design will oversee the promotion, content development, user experience, and visual components of the projects. Event coordination would also be an asset.


Applications and resumes are due by Monday, November 14th at 11:59pm. Submit your application and resume by clicking the button below.

If you have questions about this Working Group, please email us at

Apply for our Resource Development Associate position!

The TYC Civic Toolbox will be an online tool for young Torontonians to learn all about municipal government and issues and how they can have their voices heard and make an impact! Contents will include: a facilitated workshop that anyone can use to share knowledge on how the city runs, guides for having your voice heard and making an impact, and tips for getting involved.

We are currently looking for a young person to spearhead the development of this new Toolbox, a Resource Development Associate. This will involve research on how the municipal government works, developing a workshop and facilitation guide (including testing the materials with a group of young people), discovering best-practices in local engagement from experienced groups & community leaders, and presenting findings in a youth-friendly and visually appealing format that is consistent with current TYC branding.

- excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
- ability to check messages at least every 24 hours
- ability to work independently
- excellent writing skills, experience conducting research
- experience developing & facilitating workshops
- graphic design skills and knowledge of municipal politics/ governance are assets

Reports to: Executive Director

This opportunity is available to young people between the ages of 13 and 24, who live in the City of Toronto, and comes with an honorarium of $350. Begins as soon as possible. Project must be completed by February 1st, 2017 (the end date of this position).

Applications and resumes are due by Monday, November 14th at 11:59pm. Submit your application and resume by clicking the button below.

If you have questions about this position, please email us at