Youth Innovation Council

MyStartr works because it stays in sync with young people’s changing experience and smart ideas. And you can be part of that process — while being paid for your time!

As a member of our Youth Innovation Council, you help further break down barriers to employment. Create more inclusive workplaces. Bring fresh thinking to how employers can design fairer and more flexible processes that help young people develop their skills and build careers.


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You get a part-time job out of the deal plus a great addition to your resume.

Interested in being a member?

Here’s what we’re looking for:

You know the barriers

You’ve faced challenges finding a good job.

You’re curious

And always interested in learning more.

You’re a good communicator

And so also a good listener.

You like collaborating

Working with others to solve problems.

You get social media

And think it can be a force for good.

You live this issue every day

Which makes you an expert on youth employment.

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The Youth Innovation Council operates in six-month cycles running from September to March. Applications open in July 2022.

Each cycle kicks off with intensive learning and coaching as we take you through the essentials of design thinking and innovation. Then we tackle a project together, focusing on a real business need or current social challenge — so you can be sure the work you do will have an impact well beyond your term.

This is a chance to gain experience, build connections and show what you can do — as part of the young talent pool that’s driving Canada’s innovation economy. Youth Innovation Council members have gone on to become facilitators and convenors, design researchers, peer Influencers — and above all, leaders!

Meet our current Youth Innovation Council: The Council helps make MyStartr what it is designed by young people, for young people.

Noah Cazabon

Noah Cazabon

Aiza Majuca

Aiza Majuca

Priscylla Purnama

Priscylla Purnama

Stephanie Ta

Stephanie Ta

hassan hassan

Hassan Hassan

Tina Pham

Tina Pham

Elaine Columbano

Elaine Columbano

Hamza Mohamud

Hamza Mohamud

Mariana Saldarriaga

Mariana Saldarriaga

Hibah Shaikh

Hibah Shaikh


Here's what past participants are saying about the program

"Give youth the opportunity to be creative and encourage them to step out of their comfort zone to develop the necessary skills to be competitive in the labor market. By having a team full of young people that are living the barriers within employment, we will be able to properly design programs for youth, from youths.”

Priscylla Purnama (2021-2022 YIC Cohort)

"In my opinion, I think a lot of youth suffer in many different ways as a result of not having opportunities that I feel like they should have had available to them. And the work that we do at the Youth Innovation Council goes on to tackle that problem and many other problems that youth face across the country."

Hamza Mohamud (2021-2022 YIC Cohort)


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