citizenU is a three-year citywide Action Research Initiative designed to engage Vancouver youth and their families in addressing racism, discrimination and bullying; and in building community cross cultures, faiths and generations. citizenU is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and delivered by the City of Vancouver.
Youth participate in the nine-month program through community host sites across the city. Over 50 host sites will take part in the program over citizenU's 8 overlapping cohorts.
The program begins with training workshops that address different forms of discrimination and ways to respond. Participants then participate in citywide events that explore these issues in the community. Finally, participants have the opportunity to develop and deliver their own youth-led projects to address discrimination.
Beyond the nine-month program, an alumni program provides volunteer and internship opportunities, and ongoing chances to take part in events, activities and youth-led projects.