Booster Workshop: Engaging Youth

Note: This workshop on engaging youth is an organizing workshop.  As a form of leadership, organizing seeks to enable your people to turn the resources they have into the power they need to make the change that they want.  We'll be exploring how to engage youth using that perspective as a frame.  If you're new to organizing, that's OK!  


Are you struggling to engage youth in your campaign?  Is your team primarily comprised of folks over 30?  Statistically low rates of civic engagement has led many organizers to proclaim that youth are hard to organize and mobilize.  This youth-led workshop will explore that belief, and strategies to overcome it.

During this 2.5 hour evening session, we will hear about successful case studies from mobilizing and organizing youth, hear from youth about what engages them in organizing, and from organizers who have struggled to engage youth.

There are a lot of different definitions of the word 'youth'.  For the purposes of this workshop we'll use the fairly broad definition of ages 18-30.

This session will be led by Peter Gibbs, Lead Organizer at Organize BC, and Ellen Trottier, Organizer at Divest UVic and Dogwood Initiative.  


It will be held in Wheeley Hall at the Esquimalt United Church, 500 Admirals Rd (at corner of Lyall St; the entrance is off of Lyall, next to the Rainbow Kitchen).  There are bike racks directly outside the building.  For information on bus routes visit BC Transit.  There is a parking lot and on street parking adjacent to the church.  


  • The workshop room and washrooms are wheelchair accessible.
  • The multi-stall washrooms are segregated by gender, with men's and women's washrooms.
  • The chairs in our room are sturdy, padded armless chairs.


June 08, 2015 at 6:30pm - 9pm
Esquimalt United Church- Wheeley Hall
500 Admirals Rd
Victoria, BC V9A 2N4
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Peter Gibbs ·
Natalia Karpovskaia doug hack Marion Pape Thomas Hackney Miranda Harvey Katherine Maas Emily Hoffpauir Niki Tsares Ellen Trottier Ronald Ramsay Jane Devonshire

Will you come?