iCAN Committee - Youth Council
The IYC Community Action Network (iCAN) represents youth voices within the IYC. They help newcomer youth integrate within the community by planning events, creating awareness on different topics such as multiculturalism. They also get youth at IYC involved by creating volunteer opportunities.
The iCAN Committee provides members with an excellent opportunity to develop leadership and team skills. All members are expected to be committed for at least one academic year usually running from July to June. The recruitment process requires an application and an interview and usually takes place in May or June.
Sai Yu Cici Lu
“I joined the iCAN Committee 4 months after I came to Canada and right after joining a leadership training at the IYC. I've learned a lot in this committee the last few years. Not only have I been able to practice my English, but I have also learned many skills in many areas.”
- Emmy Fang
“Over the past few years with the ICAN Committee, I've been able to gain valuable skills and empower other youth. I really believe in what the IYC and iCAN Committee are doing for immigrant youth and I hope we are able to make a difference.“ - Jessica Ma
“When I first came to Canada, I joined the life skills and leadership program to polish my English and to strengthen my communication skills, at the same time to build my confidence. IYC had made my transition to Canada smoother and better, and I felt the obligation to give back to IYC and the community. My goal was to help other newcomer youth like me to settle in the community by organizing events that would benefit them in all aspects, and I was fortunate enough to become one of the members who originally started the committee.
Throughout the four years with the committee, I have witnessed its growth from a fresh team to a youth council of IYC and I have seen my development from a newcomer youth to a leader in the community.” - Teresa Zhu