By Carissa Konesky, Founder of I Am Tenacious and #RisingYouth Alumni

My name is Carissa Konesky, and I am a 25-year-old woman from Burnaby, British Columbia. I recently received a #RisingYouth grant, where I was able to implement the I Am Tenacious Workbook program!

My two biggest passions are working with youth and mental health. When the pandemic hit, I was worried about the impact that it would have on the mental health of youth. I applied for several youth microgrants to be able to put together some resources for youth during the pandemic. Once I received the funding, I reached out to an organization that I had worked with previously…


Q&A’s with Corrine Giorgetti

Where are you from? What place do you call home and why?

I am from North Bay, ON. However, I have not lived there for many years. This is the city I call home because it is where I grew up, and it is the area that has shaped me and my perspectives on life. It is the place that I learned to love the outdoors and all the things that live there. It is a relatively small city with some really nice, peaceful outdoor areas; trails and lakes.

What community/communities are you part of ?

The community that I am involved in the most is the Ultimate Frisbee Community. The sport is very unique, competitive and fun. No…


Perspectives from Coast to Coast: Roundtable with Researchers is just 2 days away! With a conversation about insights on youth engagement is taking place on June 24, at 3–5 PM Eastern Time, we are bringing together academic research experts and youth researchers/practitioners to have a dialogue around research methods on youth engagement and what it may mean to put these theories into practice.

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We are excited to announce our 10 speakers below!

Academic Researchers


Perspectives d’un océan à l’autre : Table ronde avec des chercheurs, se déroulera dans deux jours! Une conversation sur les perspectives de l’engagement des jeunes aura lieu le 24 juin, de 15h à 17h (HNE). Nous réunissons des experts en recherche académique et des chercheurs/praticiens de la jeunesse pour avoir un dialogue sur les méthodes de recherche sur l’engagement des jeunes et sur ce que cela peut signifier de mettre ces théories en pratique.

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Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer nos 10 invités ci-dessous !

Chercheurs académiques


By Meladul Haq Ahmadzai

My name is Meladul Haq Ahmadzai and I am a #RisingYouth Alumni. My student e-resource project focused on sharing resources with about 30 youths in the Ottawa area on research skills to help them at school and with volunteering.

My background is in Computer/IT field and I am currently studying public health at the master’s level. I hold postgraduate degree in Global Health, office technology certificate, and a non-profit management certificate.

I moved to Canada at the age of nine years old with my family and younger siblings. Ever since, I have called this country my home. I graduated from…


Written by Siobhan Takala

Cindy Caturao (she/her) completed a #RisingYouth project just last year (2020) in the wake of the pandemic. Cindy organized Covid-Care kits for people experiencing houselessness in her community of Edmonton. In chatting with Cindy, she says that her project helped expose many systemic issues, existing limitations of government support, and biases that exist, that she is now working to better understand. Cindy is also working to ensure an intersectional approach is taken in all the work she does.

Cindy is a go getter, involved in many projects. She is currently part of Canadian Roots Exchange, a board member of Parity…


Written by Siobhan Takala, Alumni Hub Animator

At the start of 2020, David utilized a #RisingYouth grant to kickstart an advocacy project, Sports for Social Impact. The goal of his project was to raise awareness of the power that sport has to change society, something he deeply believes in.


As part of Connected North’s Future Pathways program, TakingITGlobal is interviewing Indigenous role models about their work, their art, their challenges, and their inspirations. We call them Future Pathways Fireside Chats.

KC Hall’s love for art has always been in him, and was solidified when he got a taste doing graffiti as a teenager. Hall is from Bella Bella, B.C. and currently lives in East Vancouver, where he was raised for the majority of his life.

He currently works as an artist, working on anything from canvases and murals to skateboards. …


Faits saillants du Hub des anciens

Michael MacLean (il/lui) est un ancien de #JeunesEnAction depuis 2019 après avoir réalisé un projet de construction communautaire à Dawson City, au Yukon. Michael a réalisé son projet dans le cadre de sa maîtrise en études de conception environnementale (conception-construction) à l’Université Dalhousie. Il est reconnaissant que #JeunesEnAction l’ait aidé à rester en contact avec une communauté qui lui est très chère, et à acquérir une expérience tangible en employant des méthodes de conception participative dans la communauté, spécifiquement avec les jeunes.


Alumni Hub Highlights

Michael MacLean (he/him) has been a #RisingYouth alumni since 2019 after doing a community build project in Dawson City, Yukon. Michael completed his project as part of his Masters of Environmental Design Studies (Design-Build) at Dalhousie University. He is grateful that #RisingYouth helped him to stay connected with a community very dear to him, and to gain tangible experience employing participatory design methods in community, specifically with youth.

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