We bring together young organizers and adult allies to refuel the fire for change.

The beating heart of the YSI collaborative is how we gather together on the land with a purpose to deepen our relationshipsshare learning, and build capacity around our most pressing challenges. Through these gatherings, we can take our work to the next level of sustainability and effectiveness. 

2015 Gatherings

YOUNG SPIRIT CIRCLEs: IGNITING THE SPIRIT TO MAKE SOCIAL CHANGE

From May through July, four young organizers hit the road with Anishinaabe elder Gerard Sagassige to convene youth-driven conversations on the role of "spirit" in community organizing in each of their home communities of London, Toronto, Sault Ste. Marie, and Thunder Bay. We then convened our last conversation with an online "Un-Hangout"!

You can read more about the project here, and discover moreon our blog and Tumblr page.


LET'S TEND THE FIRE!: YSI REGIONAL GATHERING

This August, the YSI family came together from across Ontario for “Let's Tend the Fire” — a soul-nourishing gathering filled with meaningful discussions, shared learning, and lots of laughter under the Milky Way. Read Jon Cada’s recap over at Thinking Rock’s blog, and check out the Sault Star’s coverage of our work!

2014 Gatherings

COLLABORATION CAMP: stoking the fire of social change

Social change starts with a spark: a great idea or a sense of purpose that we gather around. CollabCamp was an opportunity to refuel the fire across the province. 

For three days in late November, we gathered together as young organizers and adult allies who are making Ontario's communities better places to live, work, create and play. Read more here

LET'S BUILD A FIRE!: YSI REGIONAL GATHERING

YSI's first regional gathering was held in Algoma from May 29th – June 2nd at Chiblow Lake Lodge in Mississauga First Nation. Thirty five young people and adult allies were asked to come “Build a Fire” of youth-led organizing in Algoma. The guiding question we explored together was “what would it look like to build a community of support for young people in Algoma”? Read more here and check out the video below!