This project is funded by the Government of Canada’sthrough Canada Service Corps.

Are you hooked on volunteering?
Do you feel like a community service is missing in your area?
Do you want to make it available?Would you like to organize an entire project in your community?
Do you want to organize an artistic, cultural or sporting event in your community?

WE’VE GOT GREAT NEWS!

Our new Entrepreneurship Projects program gives volunteers the chance to improve their leadership and entrepreneurial skills by developing and implementing their own projects, from start to finish.

You can learn the foundations of managing a full-scale project while helping out your community. Projects are created in response to community needs, and they take shape as volunteers develop their networks and implementation plans. They can also work with any resources they deem appropriate for their project.

Types of workcamp
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Opening and orchestrating a workcamp

For example: Developing an urban rooftop garden, walking path, etc.

Organizing an event

For example: A music festival, sporting event or fundraising campaign to support a cause like a fun run for a youth centre.

Setting up a community service

For example: Starting a support service to accompany seniors on grocery runs, a springtime cleanup, communal kitchen, etc.

See past projects

Your network
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We’ll give you tips to help you create a network, so you can seek advice and information from professionals.

Your implementation plan
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Throughout the process, you’ll be coached and supported by the Chantiers jeunesse team. You’ll also be paired with a mentor. Individualized follow-ups (in person and remotely) will help you complete your project, step-by-step. Some examples of tasks include creating a schedule, budgeting and identifying human resources and technical needs.

Your ressources
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  • Financial assistance may be granted according to your project’s initial needs. These funds may be used as leverage to raise additional capital to help you carry out your community project.
  • Young people from Canada and abroad can work together on this project, which typically lasts 2–3 weeks, just like the International Cooperative Workcamp.
  • The project plan will include the technical and material resources required to complete it.

In short, you’ll be in charge of your workcamp, learning everything there is to know about being an entrepreneur, from project management to the nitty-gritty of providing a social service.

Duration
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The full duration of the project, from registration to the final assessment, can take between 6 and 14 months, intermittently.

The Entrepreneurship Projects program runs year-round.

Cost
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Free ! Costs related to transportation, lodging and food will be covered. Your entrepreneurship project will be funded through both financial assistance and your own fundraising efforts.

SERVICES INCLUDED:

  • One training weekend (including transportation and lodging as required)
  • OHS insurance
  • Personal support throughout the program
  • Participant’s guide
  • Access to the Chantiers jeunesse educational platform
  • Support in securing funding (such as financial assistance or grants) and cashing cheques (as required)
  • Membership for one year and ability to participate in the general assembly
  • One get-together weekend (volunteer meetup, including transportation and lodging as required)

Eligibility requirements
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  • To be in between 18-30 years old on the first day of the workcamp
  • To be a Canadien citizen or have been granted the  status of permanent resident or refugee by the Canadian government

How to participate
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  • Fill out the online registration form
  • Receive confirmation of registration
  • Select a training weekend
  • Fill out our personality form
  • Participate in the training weekend
  • Online training and personal coaching
  • Carry out the entrepreneurship project
  • Program evaluation and get-together at the volunteer meeting

Chantiers jeunesse is available to answer questions and provide support before, during and after the workcamp project.

Apply