Youth Leadership Program

The Youth Leadership Program is a priority of the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities (ASI) given its theme of Supportive Environments for Child and Youth Mental Health: Our Shared Responsibility! The program will build on lessons learned from previous ASI programs and will provide an opportunity for young people to attend and have a voice in shaping the future agenda for children and youth in Atlantic Canada. ASI has learned from previous events how important it is to foster intergenerational learning. During ASI 2019, there will be time for youth to both participate in the full ASI 2019 program and convene separately to develop long lasting connections.

Who is eligible to apply?

ASI 2019 will support at least five youth from each Atlantic province to come together in Charlottetown for this event. Young people between the ages of 18 and 25 who are affiliated with a community group and have experience/interest in being an advocate or leader are encouraged to apply. Exceptions to the age limit may be made for young people who fit all other criteria.


  1. To provide an opportunity for youth participants to hear and respond to current evidence on the links between child and youth mental health and their social, cultural and physical environments
  2. To incorporate young people’s perspectives in our collective understanding of the impact of social, cultural and physical environments on their mental health.
  3. To develop ongoing channels/networks for youth engagement to improve child and youth mental health
  4. To encourage collaboration amongst all age groups throughout the program and after ASI 2019


Program Design

The program will extend over 3.5 days (August 18-21), beginning with an orientation for youth delegates the evening of August 18th followed by a one-day youth leadership workshop on August 19th. Following the workshop, youth delegates will join other registrants in the full program. To create space for a youth voice during the full ASI program, a Youth Panel has been added to this year’s program and will be featured on August 21.  In addition, round table discussions with other participants will take place throughout the event, providing opportunity to learn about and celebrate advancements on the Call to Action.

Invitations will be extended through our partner organizations. Applicants must complete the online application available until June 21. An ASI Youth Leadership Coordinator will liaise with organizations and provide planning and oversight to the Youth Leadership Program. The program is being planned with input from youth leaders who attended past programs.

For more information, contact Esther Li, the 2019 ASI Youth Leadership Coordinator:

ASI office:       902-894-3399

Thank you to TD, the Title Sponsor of the ASI Youth Leadership Program.

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