HAMILTON CIVIC LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

HAMILTON CIVIC LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR COHORT 5 OF
THE HAMILTON CIVIC LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

 We are living through unprecedented times and in an era of global movements that are changing our societies. Struggles for racial justice, climate justice, and for decolonization demonstrate the powerful energy that exists to make our world livable for everyone. Meaningfully participating in change is complex and requires asking the right questions.

  • What does it mean to understand systems change, to organize collectively, and to build civic leadership in our communities?
  • Whose voices do we listen to, how do we respond to criticism and hold ourselves accountable?
  • What does leadership look like behind the scenes, especially in practices of care?
  • How can youth in Hamilton be empowered to make change where they are at, through engaging with systems that exist and building community power?


 The 2024 program runs weekly every Tuesday evening from June 25 to August 27. Participants will receive a certificate and gift card on completion of the program. Food and bus tickets will be provided.

The Hamilton Civic Leadership Program is open to youth (ages 18-25) who live in Hamilton and the surrounding area. Priority will be given to participants who are Black, racialized, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQIA+, newcomer/immigrant, low income, or Disabled/Neurodiverse. We do this to prioritize offering sessions to people who typically face barriers to accessing institutions and who may come from communities facing significant challenges they want to see addressed. We also want folks to see themselves in leadership positions, so we invite facilitators who also come from these communities.

The program offers engaging and participatory sessions designed to deepen critical understanding of democracy, civic engagement, civic inclusion, and community organizing skills that can be used to develop leadership skills and promote civic inclusion and engagement among all youth. The concept for this program was first created in 2020 by City of Hamilton Councillor Nrinder Nann, before her time as councillor, and has since been adapted. The goal is to create civically engaged youth in Hamilton to build a culture of civic leadership and engagement. Since 2020 we have worked with over 40 youth in Hamilton and surrounding areas.

Program sessions will be hosted at the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion. More details on registration form.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Short Term

Participants will develop new perspectives on political institutions. They will learn about different forms of leadership, systems, and principles. Participants will also develop new competencies through values based conversations about belonging, inclusion, and community engagement.

Medium Term

Participants will understand government affairs at the municipal, provincial and federal level. They will also understand the parameters of civic duties, concepts around civic inclusion, and civic engagement. They will think critically about the plethora of tools used to make change.

Long Term

Participants will have an increased participation in the political process (such as voting, running for office, doing advocacy work, or community organizing).

COHORT 4 Highlights

COHORT 4 STRUCTURE

Session 1: Introduction to Civic Leadership

Session 2: Government Affairs: Municipal

Session 3: Government Affairs: Provincial

Session 4: Government Affairs: Federal

Session 5: Community Organizing 101

Session 6: Community Organizing 102

Session 7: Unionism/Know Your Rights in the Workplace

Session 8: Tactics and Strategies for Change (part 1)

Session 9: Tactics and Strategies for Change (part 2)

Session 10: Self-Directed Project & Media Training

COHORT 3 STRUCTURE

Session 1: Introduction to Civic Leadership

Session 2: Government Affairs: Municipal

Session 3: Government Affairs: Provincial

Session 4: Government Affairs: Federal

Session 5: Community Organizing 101

Session 6: Community Organizing 102

Session 7: Unionism

Session 8: Tactics and Strategies for Change part 1

Session 9: Tactics and Strategies for Change part 2

Session 10: Self-Directed Project & Media Training

COHORT 2 STRUCTURE

Session 1: Introduction to Civic Leadership

Session 2: Government Affairs: Municipal

Session 3: Government Affairs: Provincial

Session 4: Government Affairs: Federal

Session 5: Community Organizing 101

Session 6: Community Organizing 201

Session 7: Electoral Organizing

Session 8: Unionism

Session 9: Tactics and Strategies for Change part 1

Session 10: Tactics and Strategies for Change part 2

Session 11: Celebration & Reflection

Cohort 2 sessions were faciliated by a diverse set of leaders including Councillor Nann, Councillor Wilson, MPP Jill Andrews, Sandy Hudson, Christopher Wilson, and Shanice Regis.

Cohort 1 Structure

Session 1: Democracy and Civic Participation, facilitated by Brittany Andrew-Amofah

Session 2: Government Affairs: Municipal, facilitated by Ruby Hye and Cassidy Berkinson, Councilor Maureen Wilson and Councilor Nrinder Nann

Session 3: Government Affairs: Provincial, facilitated by Lyndon George

Session 5: Unionism, facilitated by Christopher Wilson and Shanice Regis

Session 6: Running for elected office: School Boards, Municipal, Provincial, and Federal Government, facilitated by Sharmarke Dubow and Maria Felix Miller

Session 7: Community Organizing 101, facilitated by Pascale Diverlous

Get in Touch. Get Involved.

We welcome feedback, comments, and questions.
Please email, call, or use the form below to connect with our team.

info@hcci.ca

Hamilton Center for Civic Inclusion 

423 King Street East
Hamilton ON, L8N 1C5

(905) 297 4694

info@hcci.ca

423 King Street East, Hamilton ON, L8N 1C5

(905) 297-4694