What is RISE?

An initiative under Canada Service Corps, RISE helps young people co-create community projects and contribute in strengthening our civic and democratic fabric by engaging on topics that interest them.

RISE is developing projects in seven cities across Canada: Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax and Vancouver.

Current Cities

Current Cities

Hear it straight from the ambassadors of Cohort VIII.

Who Can Join?

RISE is designed for young people aged 18-30 with little or no previous experience in volunteering.

Over the course of 20 weeks as a RISE Ambassador, you will develop skills, learn about community engagement, and work with your peers to build something meaningful together.

There are two cohorts each year: the spring cohort goes from January to June. The fall cohort goes from August to December. Youth ambassadors are expected to commit to six hours a week of volunteering: three hours at an in-person hub night and three hours of additional work.

There is also a mandatory all expenses paid weekend retreat at the beginning of each cohort. Ambassadors from across Canada come together to meet each other, build skills, and get inspiration for their projects.


As an organization mandated with engaging all youth in our democracy, it is important for us to create space for young people who aren’t included in everyday conversations. Democracy starts locally and starts with the issues that concern us in our day to day lives.

To bring youth together around some of the biggest challenges we collectively face, we identify a theme to engage in each year. The purpose is to inspire and direct the community project you will create.

Canada Service Corps RBC

RISE is funded in part by Canada Service Corps, a national movement that empowers youth
aged 15–30 to gain experience and build important skills while giving back to their community.
Learn more at HERE.