Future City Builders
Future City Builders brings together 25 youth to create and launch innovative ideas for Canadian cities.
Do you want to create and test concrete solutions to build more equitable and healthier communities?
The Future City Builders program offers the chance to work with like-minded young people to design a concrete solution to address “healthy city” challenges in your city. We are pleased to announce the next location of this program: Moncton, Sackville, Saint John and Fredericton!
We encourage youth who self-identify as Indigenous and are living within the New Brunswick portion of the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi'kmaq to also apply.
Finding innovative solutions to urban challenges is needed more now than ever before. More than 82% of Canadians are currently living in cities, and this number is only going to grow. Now is the time to work together to build healthier cities.
Evergreen is committed to collaborating with young people to tackle big challenges and help equip them with the skills and confidence to dig deeper into the issues that are top of mind in cities right now. We have worked with over 325 young people over the last three years to pitch 65 projects across Canada and pilot 30 new solutions. Projects include: combatting food security issues by building apartment balcony vegetable boxes, and building youth community councils to give young people a stronger voice in local decision-making.
About the Program
Are you interested and committed to building a healthier, more equitable -Moncton, Sackville, Saint John and Fredericton? Do any of these questions resonate with YOU?
Natural Environment - Access to green space is essential to human health. How can we expand green spaces and tree canopies across the city to help people thrive?
Built Environment - Land use and urban design can promote but also discourage behaviours such as walking, biking or playing in parks. How can we make our communities safer for children, cyclists and people walking alone late at night?
Transportation/Urban Mobility - The transportation systems in place (public transit, vehicle infrastructure, bike lanes, etc.) directly impact our health. How do these choices affect our physical activity, the potential for injuries, our exposure to harmful air and noise pollution, our ease of access to services and jobs, and social mobility and cohesion?
Housing - Poor housing conditions and access to healthy and affordable living spaces are associated with a wide range of health conditions, including respiratory infections and asthma, and can directly influence access to education, nutrition, recreation and employment opportunities.
Neighbourhoods - Neighbourhoods have different characteristics that influence the level of education, the employment prospects, and the income level of inhabitants, in turn, influencing their health. The physical environment, which includes street design and housing stock, also play a role. Do community members have access to stores with healthy food options, or are grocery stores too expensive or located too far away for people to easily access? Are there concerns about violence and crime that increase stress, and discourage walking and playing in parks?
We want to help you design a project that addresses one of these challenges. We will be hosting a Virtual Design Thinking Lab process from October 2022 to February 2023 to help you develop the skills you need to create meaningful change, and to help you network with peers, mentors, and subject matter experts from across New Brunswick.
The Future City Builders program will engage 25 youth (18-29 years old) from Moncton, Sackville, Saint John and Fredericton.
How to Get Involved
We are looking for 25 youth from Moncton, Sackville, Saint John and Fredericton that identify as underemployed or unemployed to co-create community solutions for one of the challenge areas outlined above. You don’t need to have a deep knowledge of any of these issues, or experience in tackling challenges through a design thinking lens --you will learn those skills with us! Everyone has their own experiences, interests and expertise, so we encourage you to apply. You just need to live in Moncton, Sackville, Saint John or Fredericton and care about your community!
Applications – Apply Here!
Applications close September 18th, 2022, 11:59 AST
About the Role
As a Youth City Builder, you will:
Hone your problem-solving and collaboration skills in Evergreen's immersive Virtual Design Thinking Lab.
Pitch the innovative solutions shaped within the Virtual Design Thinking Lab to a panel of change-making judges for a chance to access seed funding and implementation support.
Expand your professional connections through educational networking events with experts from government, business, community-building, academia and non-profit organizations.
You are eligible for this role if you meet the following criteria:
- Are between 18-29 years of age
- Live, work, or study in Moncton, Sackville, Saint John, Fredericton or self-identify as Indigenous and live within the New Brunswick portion of the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi'kmaq
- Able to commit 8-10 hours per week, during evenings and weekends between October 2022 and February, 2023
- Available Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm AST for live virtual sessions
- Self-identify as unemployed, underemployed and/or in the beginning stages of career-related work. This includes individuals that are:
- Unemployed (not currently working);
- In post-secondary studies and looking for work-related opportunities;
- Underemployed (part-time work, gig work, not working in your area of study);
- In beginning stages of career-related work (full-time or part-time);
- Interested in developing skills in entrepreneurship, urbanism, community development, sustainability, design thinking etc.
Are comfortable with English and/or American Sign Language as primary mode of communication.
Looking to develop and expand your career network in Moncton, Sackville, Saint John and Fredericton.
- Service access micro-grants are available for participants facing financial/socio-economic barriers including but not limited to tech support, translation and lost wages due to participation.
This program takes place virtually over Zoom.
This program is delivered in English only. Accompanying resources may be provided in English and French as required.
See the participants from past cohorts:
The Future City Builders project is generously funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre. Le projet Bâtisseur de villes d'avenir est financé par le Centre des Compétences futures du gouvernement du Canada.
Interested in seeing what Youth City Builders are working on? Check out final pitches from some of our previous cohorts:
- Winning Pitch from Edmonton: Ôcênâs
- Urban Action Pitch Night (Edmonton)
- Urban Action Pitch Night (Winnipeg)
- Urban Action Pitch Night (Toronto)