Sometimes a simple conversation can bring about positive change. Like a ripple, a conversation starts at one point and grows as it connects to more and more people. Out of these conversations, opportunities for change are formulated and action is taken. We speak our world into being.

Change Café is a morning of collaboration between student and community leaders about the current state of their community including its challenges and opportunities for change. Students will have the opportunity to be heard by the adult “change-makers” in their community and move towards seeing themselves as change-makers.

How does it work?

At the coffee house, students gather at tables and discuss their ideas for change with their peers and one community leader. After 20 minutes of conversation, they switch tables throughout the morning to cross-pollinate their ideas with their peers. In the end, all of the ideas are harvested, new connections are made, and with some work positive ideas are put to action.

The Context

The participants from diverse perspectives are invited to this day because they are valuable to the conversation that is being facilitated by students. This is an opportunity for student voice to be heard and their aspirations for change to be put to real world activity. The participants want to actively contribute to making a positive difference in their local community.

The Goal

Young people have the energy, creativity and ideas to make change happen. They need the direction and connections of adults in their community to make these ideas for change a reality. The final phase of the Café is the “harvest” which makes the group conversations that happened that morning visible and actionable for the group.

What do you want to change?  What possible change is brewing in your mind?

Contact Maddie Campbell (mcampbell@studentleadership.ca) for more information and upcoming dates.

 

 

Change CafÉ

Connecting students to their community

 

Sometimes a simple conversation can bring about positive change. Like a ripple, a conversation starts at one point and grows as it connects to more and more people. Out of these conversations, opportunities for change are formulated and action is taken. We speak our world into being.

Change Café is a morning of collaboration between student and community leaders about the current state of their community including its challenges and opportunities for change. Students will have the opportunity to be heard by the adult “change-makers” in their community and move towards seeing themselves as change-makers.