CWY-JCM has been a leader and trailblazer for young people over the past 50 years. Thankfully, there are now several organizations in Canada that make youth a priority. As such, for the next 10 years, CWY-JCM will focus on impact within the four key pillars: always with youth at the center.


Empowerment and Experience
for Indigenous Communities

Throughout our history, CWY-JCM has promoted a collaborative relationship with Canadian indigenous communities and incorporated indigenous values in our methodology as programs are developed. We work with young people to promote education and sustainable livelihoods through experiential learning. The skills and assets learned will broaden their perspectives and can be used to empower Indigenous Communities around the world. This experience makes CWY-JCM an excellent resource for other organizations looking to have the same impact. Guided by the recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and in partnership with Indigenous organizations, we will continue to include indigenous traditions and learning approaches in our programming.


  • Indigenous communities in Canada are the backbone of Canadian history and are growing four times faster than the rest of the population
  • More than ½ of the indigenous young people are in foster care and  ⅕ are living in conditions that are in need of major improvement
  • High School completion rates are also increasing but still not at the same rate as non-indigenous youth and employment rates have remained unchanged over the years
  • Indigenous Young people have a greater exposure to health problems including mental health

Our Programs Related to Empowerment and Experience for Indigenous Communities:


Sustainable Livelihoods
and Entrepreneurship

CWY-JCM has almost five decades of experience addressing the needs of youth; facilitating youth access to sustainable livelihoods through its exchange and leadership programs in more than 70 countries around the world.

We build sustainable livelihoods through employment skills and entrepreneurship training, em-powering youth to secure meaningful employment or start businesses. Our approach is to include youth not only as beneficiaries of our programs but also as key innovators and impact contributors.


  • According to the UN, there are 1.2 billion young people between the age of 15-24 in the world
  • Young people are 3 times more likely than adults to be unemployed
  • Investments made in young people early set the stage for a brighter future


Gender equality is a right. Every country, whether developed or developing, has work to do to close the gap. Discrimination against women and girls impacts economic growth and human development. Addressing this issue is a critical part of ending poverty and inequality in Canada and around the world. In line with Canada’s commitment to gender equality CWY-JCM programming addresses barriers preventing gender equality and empowers young women and girls to move past them. Moreover our youth engagement strategy strengthens partners’ and other stakeholders’ capacity to support them.


  • 77 countries maintain restrictions on the types of work that women can do
  • Globally, only 50 percent of the world’s working-age women participate in the formal labour force
  • One in three married women in developing countries have no control over major household purchases
  • In developing countries, women spend more than three times as much time on unpaid care work than men

Environmental Sustainability

In partnership with governments and environmental sustainability groups, CWY-JCM promotes green entrepreneurship and aims to turn youth’s environmental sustainability ideas into reality. We empower youth to become leaders in promoting environmental protection, preservation, and conservation; and initiatives that mitigate and adapt to climate change. This begins in our own backyards.


  • The impacts of climate change are apparent now more than ever
  • Climate change poses serious challenges to the livelihoods of current and future generations
  • Youth are the torchbearers of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Youth’s engagement in climate action efforts is key to achieving sustainable change


“The more we increase the active participation and partnership with young people, the better we serve them. ... And the more comprehensively we work with them as service partners, the more we increase our public value to the entire community.”
— Carmen Martinez

CWY-JCM programs are built on the belief that young people have a vital role to play in creating positive change in our communities. Our programs and activities promote youth-centered development where systemic barriers are acknowledged and opportunities for real participation are created. Young people have the potential to mobilize and transform the world and to advance the SDGs. Our success is achieved through meaningful collaboration between young people and our partners.


  • There are 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10-25; the fastest growing demographic
  • 90% of youth 10-25 live in developing countries
  • Young people often have unaltered, idealistic, and unbiased perspectives which bring energy and creativity to societal challenges
  • Young people are at an impressionable age in their formative years and have a significant voice through social media to have social impact and influence the future

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“Finding a job after your studies is one of the big issues young people face here, mainly young females. I was scared and felt little hope but then I joined EQWIP HUBs Foundational and the Employability training. Practical modules that include CV writing, interview techniques, and leadership, collaboration and communication skills greatly increased my confidence. With thanks to support from EQWIP HUBs, I am proud to say that in January 2017, I found a job as a computer scientist in the Head of State Services.”
– Rokhaya Gassama, EQWIP HUBs, Senegal participant



“I am grateful for having a program like this available to me and young people in Canada through Canada World Youth, who I’m a huge proponent of. It was a rather large decision for me to turn down a couple pretty fantastic work opportunities after I finished exploring parts of North America and it’s impossible to know what those other opportunities would have brought for me or where I would have been at this moment had I taken one of them. What I knew for certain is that this opportunity was one I didn’t want to pass up on and it hasn’t disappointed or seemed like an experience in vain. This opportunity has been beyond tremendous and eye opening. I’ve met some incredible people and discovered things about the world and about myself that I’ll always have with me.”- Ian Heystee


“I think by being exposed to other indigenous peoples we can find out more about our own indigeneity and what our morals and values are and how we come to understand why those are important. The most impactful work project that I did was working on environmental sustainability through the process of creating gardens in various places in the community. Through this program I’ve become more confident in who I am as a person, what decisions I need to make in order to be successful. I think I’ve learned how to better manage a group setting and how to work with others”– Wiser Woods