Northern Lights Youth Project Launch Gathering - Welcome!!!
This 3-Day Project Launch event is for Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people in Northern Ontario who want to make change and lead in their communities, even in the smallest ways.

The Northern Lights Collaborative [final name to be decided together at the Launch Event!] is a group of organizations that received funding for 5 years from the Youth Opportunities Fund/Ontario Trillium Foundation to try to change the youth social innovation system in Northern Ontario.

We want to do this through bringing together young people and supportive adults from different parts of Northern Ontario to learn and share over the next 5 years. It is very important that WHAT the youth social innovation system in Northern Ontario is, and WHAT the change is that we want to see in that system, gets to be named and worked on by young people.

This 3-Day Project Launch event will be a learning, sharing and planning experience that we will bring our whole selves to.

You will learn and share project planning skills in deep sharing and listening, facilitation, governance, participatory budgeting, communication strategy development and more. With those skills, you are invited to plan aspects of this 5 year project which are of interest to you.

Funding is provided for travel, food, and accommodations - the more info we have the better so we can plan the activities and manage the budget to get as many people who are interested together.

*Please note that we would love to welcome every young person who wants to attend this gathering; at the same time we have limited funding and will give priority to young people who live in Northern Ontario and may not be well-supported or connected in their current community work.

If you are a supportive adult who is interested in this project, please get in touch with us: (Thunder Bay/Northwest), (Sault Ste Marie/Algoma) or

What is your name?
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What's your contact info?
(Phone and email for sure, Twitter/Facebook if you'd like)
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What community do you live in?
(This helps us plan travel)
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What communities are you part of?
(This helps us plan for diverse representation across the province; feel free to include anything you'd like that might be relevant!)
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How old are you?
Do you identify as a youth or an adult?
If you are under the age of 18, do you need a chaperone?
How did you hear about this event?
Are you available to travel to Marathon, Ontario October 26th-29th? Travel by car or plane and hotel accommodations are included
Do you need a ride or bus/plane ticket to join us? If yes, please let us know 1) what type of transportation and 2) where you would be traveling from
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Do you have any specific needs around roommates? If yes, please let us know name of person you'd like to room with, if you would prefer to stay with someone of the same gender, etc. and we'll do our best to support you.
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Do you have any food restrictions or choices?
Please describe any food allergies or considerations in "Other"
We love kids!! If you have children, you’re welcome to bring them and we can provide childcare support! If you prefer to leave your children at home, we can provide some compensation for childcare. Do you require childcare support? If so, please let us know what kind you would prefer (bring my children, childcare on site OR leave them at home, require compensation)
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Any other accessibility considerations you'd like us to be aware of?
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Do you need school credit or professional development advocacy support to be able to join us? We can talk it through with you and/or contact your school or employer to advocate for you to join us. Let us know if want any support by saying YES I'd like to talk, or NO I'm ok, below :)
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What made you want to come to this event?
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Anything else we should know? This can include medical conditions, questions, or ideas for the event such as if there is anything you'd like to lead/bring
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