citizenU was 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 was funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and delivered by the City of Vancouver.  

Youth participated in the nine-month program through community host sites across the city. Over 50 host sites took part in the program over citizenU's 8 overlapping cohorts.

The program began with training workshops that addressed different forms of discrimination and ways to respond. Participants then participated in citywide events that explored these issues in the community. Finally, participants had the opportunity to develop and deliver their own youth-led projects to address discrimination.

Beyond the nine-month program, an alumni program provided volunteer and internship opportunities, and ongoing chances to take part in events, activities and youth-led projects.


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