Community Action Projects
What are CAPs?
Community Action Projects (CAPs) are projects initiated by youth to find solutions to community issues that matter to them. Through a CAP, Changemakers like yourself, can raise awareness, shift attitudes and behaviours, and engage decision-makers to help make communities across Canada more respectful and inclusive.
Find CAP about a topic or tactic that matters to you!
Since 2014, 1,025 Youth Changemakers in 26 communities across Canada have led 61 CAPs! They are are driving change across the country by initiating CAPs to promote human rights and human rights values and start dialogue on how to increase respect for diversity, inclusion and equality with peers, families, teachers, and other community members. Use the database below to find a CAP that matters to you.
5 steps to lead a Speaking Rights CAP
Motivate: Get inspired and inspire others to make a difference. Find a safe and accessible space to gather over good food and good company. Be a good listener, help make introductions, and learn more about the strengths and passions each member of the group will bring to the process
Explore: Map out the key issues and talk about how they are related to inclusion, youth participation and human rights.
Investigate: Zoom in on your topic and target issue and define the change you want to see. Identify the actors in the community that have an influence on your issues and figure out how to include them in your CAP
Take action: Come to a consensus about the tactics you’ll use in your project and develop a concrete plan for taking action. What will you need to for for when? How will you share your project with a wider audience? What challenges will you face and how will you address them?
Evaluate and celebrate: Host a community event to showcase your project! Reflect on what you’ve learned, what impact your project will have and thank everyone who’s been involved.