Young people light the fire for change.
What beyond us keeps it burning?


YSI Young Spirit Circles 2015: 
London (May 9th)
Toronto (June 5th)
Sault Ste. Marie (June 13th)
Thunder Bay (July 18th)

Igniting the spirit to make social change

As we announced back in November, we've received a Community Impact Grant from the wonderful Inspirit Foundation for an exciting project we're calling the Young Spirit Circles.  

From May til July, four young organizers hit the road with Anishinaabe elder Gerard Sagassige to convene youth-driven conversations in their home communities of London, Toronto, Sault Ste. Marie, and Thunder Bay.

Each one-day gathering brought people together across diverse cultural backgrounds and spiritual beliefs as a foundation for building trust and sustainability in their unique communities. As part of YSI's vision of a resilient and equitable youth sector, we aim to pursue the energy from these gatherings in support of more local youth-led organizing 'Nests' across the province.

You can read more in this recent article in Yonge Street Media.


explore our progress on tumblr

Our four incredible hosts gathered for the first time in late March to begin designing our local gatherings. The session was co-led by Elder Gerard, YSI stewards and our friends Karen and Alix from Children’s Peace Theatre. By the end, our Spirit hosts had taken the reigns to begin designing the format the project would take.

Since then, we began a Tumblr page to share our process as it unfolds. Please follow and share!


Our Partners, supporters and stewards

The Young Spirit Circles are made possible by funding from the Inspirit Foundation, and through partnership with our friends at Children's Peace Theatre, SKETCH, Children's Mental Health Ontario and Thinking Rock Community Arts.

We also wish to acknowledge the careful stewardship of Anishinaabe elder Gerard Sagassige and our many mentors across the network.