Great news! Travel subsidies available to get newcomer youth to Vancouver for the Youth Action Gathering 2015

The Canadian Council for Refugees is pleased to be able to offer some funding to assist newcomer youth from across Canada in participating in the Youth Action Gathering (YAG) in Vancouver, 3-4 October. For more information about the YAG, go to

You live in British Columbia?
Contact Jorge at the Vancouver Foundation to find out about possibilities of funding:

You live outside British Columbia? Keep reading…

To qualify, you must:

Be between 16 and 25 years old.
Have experience as a newcomer to Canada
Be available to travel to Vancouver for the YAG and committed to participate fully in the YAG if funded.
Submit your application by Tuesday 8 September 2015 (sooner is better).

Selection criteria
We will give priority to applicants who are one or more of the following:

· You are a racialized immigrant or refugee.
· You are engaged with newcomer youth locally and will bring your experiences at the YAG to your community. (You could include a letter of support)
· You are an active member of the CCR Youth Network.
· You have experience as a CCR youth ambassador, or have participated in a CCR Speak up or photovoice project.
· You are committed to continue to participate actively in the CCR Youth Network after the YAG.
· You will play a leadership role (e.g. facilitate a workshop) at the YAG.
· You have raised part of the funding for your travel but need help with the rest.
· You are from a region that will not otherwise be represented at the YAG.
· You have knowledge of the diverse experiences of refugee and immigrant youth.

We encourage two (or more) youth from the same community to apply because it can be easier to do follow up if youth can support each other.

Notes on funding
· Funding can cover air travel, ground transportation, hotel accommodation in Vancouver and meals during travel. During the YAG meals are included.

· Youth funded will be responsible for booking their own travel. CCR will reimburse expenses on presentation of receipts up to agreed amount.

· Youth who are under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

To apply, go to