The Youth Community Action Network (Y-CAN) is for young people ages 13 to 25 who live or go to school in West Windsor, Downtown Windsor or Leamington. Youth co-design solutions to help more kids to succeed in school and solve neighbourhoods issues.

What’s in it for you?

  • A VOICE: Have your say on the issues you and your peers face everyday.
  • BUILD YOUR RESUME: Network with youth and adults with similar interests.
  • LEARN: social design and watch your ideas come to life in the community
  • EARN: $14/ hour for attending monthly meetings
  • VOLUNTEER: hours for high school graduation requirements

Applications are open at this time and are received on an ongoing basis.

If not selected to be a member of the Y-CAN at this time, the individual’s application and contact information will be saved for future opportunities.

Due to COVID-19 policies, our meetings are all online on Zoom; this means members will need a device with an internet connection. If you do not have a device or internet, your application will still be considered, and if you are selected, we will work to get you the necessary device and internet access to participate.

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SPACE IS LIMITED, so those who participate feel valued and comfortable to contribute at meetings.

You don’t have to be a student, but if you are a student, it’s not about grades, it’s about sharing your own experiences and ideas. The group talks about the challenges they face to graduate high school and get a post-secondary education. Members will work with community service providers to develop programs and services that will help more youth succeed.


  • Attending monthly meetings lasting 2-3 hours each. We are looking for participants to commit to one year of participation.
  • Communicating absences to the Y-CAN Mentor.
  • Giving input at meetings.
  • Signing Y-CAN Non-Disclosure Agreement and Terms of Reference and and following its Guiding Principles.