IN A NUTSHELL
When L.I.G.H.T. was founded, it originally featured 6 programs, each with a different social justice focus: Books Before Looks (literacy and self image), Change Starts Today (leadership development), Leaders for LibHERty (gender equality and feminism), One Child One World (education, refugees and immigrants), Spark Health (mental and physical wellbeing) and Start Small (community building and mentorship).
In 2019, L.I.G.H.T. introduced its new model: the Fellowship Program. Now, youth explore their own passions and skills sets, and identify areas of need in the community. Then they apply themselves to develop unique and creative initiatives to improve their society. L.I.G.H.T. still cares for those core social justice issues, only it allows Youth to become more proactive in creating change.
Events and Programming
8-10 people will be selected for our events and programming team, who will be given a budget to create a minimum of 2 initiatives (events/programs) that align with L.I.G.H.T’s vision, mission, and mandate on social justice advocacy. All initiatives will be planned and executed in a team of eight-ten (8-10) under the guidance of L.I.G.H.T’s Executive Team. In addition to the 2+ events/programs, the Events and Programming Branch will be responsible for organizing L.I.G.H.T’s annual large-scale leadership conference.
A cohort of 30 young people from York Region are selected for a 10-month fellowship program, where they will go through bi-weekly training led by executives of L.I.G.H.T. Five groups of six fellows will each have the opportunity to create a youth-led initiative based on a gap they identify within their community, or an issue about which they are passionate. Last years initiatives included: Students Helping Students, an online tutoring program which delivered about 80 hours of free tutoring weekly, Artistic Lights, a womxn empowerment art exhibition and competition, Start from Scratch, a free coding workshop, and Wellness Wednesdays, a series of workshops focusing on personal wellness, fun activities and cooking! The initiatives will be led, designed, and implemented by the fellows!
A team of young, energetic, and passionate leaders who care about local issues, community building, and social justice advocacy. Youth Advisors will be responsible for forming various working groups to research community sentiments and youth opinion on certain topics, such as transit, education, employment, arts and culture, newcomers, urban health, housing, etc. Then, they will advocate and make policy recommendations to the municipal government.