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

Over the course of two years, RISE will be developing 25 community projects across 7 cities: Edmonton, Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto, Iqaluit, Halifax and Vancouver.

Current Cities

Edmonton Ottawa Montreal Toronto Alumni

RISE is proudly funded by:

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Meet our local project coordinators

Edmonton Coordinator

"I love that RISE is entirely youth-led. I think this is an essential and remarkable opportunity to show the broader community the amazing commitment youth have for creating better communities once given the opportunity to be heard. I’m incredibly curious to learn from the volunteers about what they find meaningful to be exploring in the community."

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Ottawa Coordinator

“Democratic participation sometimes seems like it can be a mystery – where can I go to get answers to my questions? What can I do to be heard? How can I get involved in my democracy and community in meaningful ways? The RISE program is so important, because it helps highlight all of the important ways that we, as youth, can participate and make change in our communities, provinces, and Canada as a whole."

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Montreal Coordinator

I love that RISE makes space for voices too often unheard. I love that RISE questions who holds the power to be heard and subsequently uplifts those left on the margins. I love that RISE acknowledges different barriers to civic and democratic participation and actively tries to address them. I love that RISE allows me to witness the magic that happens when young people are given the space to literally RISE up!

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Toronto Coordinator

"I'm inspired by how RISE acknowledges that diverse identities and systems of oppression can affect people's ability in varying ways to be involved in their communities, and actively works to involve our less-engaged peers. I love that RISE doesn't try to speak for anyone; instead, there's an understanding that as youth, we have a lot to say, but sometimes need help finding that voice and outlets through which to be heard."

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