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The Academy is a unique peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunity developed and delivered by SDG Cities.

The Academy is designed to help participants deepen their understanding about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and translate that knowledge to action! Academy participants join the growing network of organizations, individuals, businesses and others focused on strengthening communities by working together towards the SDGs.

The Academy leverages existing resources and expertise as well as a supportive and collaborative peer-to-peer learning model to help build local knowledge and capacity about the SDGs.

“This was an amazing course! Very insightful and going to be very helpful incorporating the SDGs into my organization. Looking forward to future courses, events, etc! :)”

Academy Participant, Winter 2022 Cohort

*New this fall* SDG Cities Youth Academy 

SDG Cities Youth Academy is a 6 week training program for youth between the ages of 15 and 25. The Academy is designed to help you deepen your understanding of the SDGs and build skills as young changemakers. 

  • Who: Youth between the ages of 15 and 25
  • Where: Virtual – the sessions will take place weekly online
  • When: Alternating Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 – 6:30pm starting on Tuesday, October 25th 2022. 

What will you learn? 

The Youth Academy is a 6 week course all about helping you learn more about the SDGs and exploring how they are relevant to you and your community. 

  • Session 1: Introduction – During this session you will meet other participants, learn about the academy and set your own learning goals for the course. 
  • Session 2: Exploring the Shared Language of the SDGs – During this session we will introduce the SDGs and you will learn about how they are being advanced in Canada and around the world. 
  • Session 3: SDGs and You – During we will welcome Harini Satheeskumar, Youth Engagement Coordinator with Social Six. Harnini will guide participants in learning about  an emerging set of social innovation tools designed to equip young people with essential skills for a more vibrant, inclusive and socially responsible future. 
  • Session 4: Localizing the SDGsDuring this session we will shift our focus locally and you will learn about how the SDGs are being advanced in our own communities and the important role young people can play. Through a creative and interactive design charette, participants will build a shared vision for their communities – identifying clear pathways for advancing the SDGs locally. 
  • Session 5: SDG Storytelling – During this session you will learn key strategies for communicating about the SDGs and flex your creativity to create your own local SDG story. We will welcome local artist and storyteller, Kavya Keethanjali Yoganathan, Artistic Director with Agitate Productions. Kavya will support participants as they explore ways to tell stories about themselves and their communities using digital tools.
  • Session 6: Advocacy and Activism for the SDGs – During this session you will hear from youth activists working towards change in your communities and learn about the important role of advocacy in advancing the SDGs. 

How will you learn? 

The Academy will present information in flexible and dynamic ways to support learning and meaningful connection between participants. 

  • Virtual Workshops are delivered jointly for participants in both Guelph and London with guest speakers and a focus on introducing new information, concepts and examples. 
  • One-on One Coaching Sessions will also be available to support applied learning during the Academy.
  • SDG Cities Academy Virtual Community will allow participants to connect outside of the sessions and access lessons and resources.