Originally posted on Canadian Labour Congress Website

Taking Charge of Change (TCC) is an intensive eight-week activist training program for young workers and youth activists (age 30 and under) who want to lead, build and organize for change. This program takes place in a participatory online learning environment.

This program will help you:

  • build leadership skills to engage and mobilize young workers;
  • build knowledge about the issues affecting young workers in the union, workplace and community;
  • deepen your understanding of past and present labour and social justice issues using an anti-oppression framework;
  • develop organizing skills for building a movement; and
  • Bonus! Build solidarity with other young activists across the country!

Understand the Issues, Build the Skills

TCC builds on basic union education to deepen your analysis of the issues affecting you as a young worker. We’ll examine the challenges facing young people in the context of the workplace, across the country and around the world.

We begin by developing our understanding of what brings us together as young workers, exploring our differences and recognizing how each of us can take charge of change in our own communities. Sessions explore contemporary issues grounded in a context of peoples’ histories, struggles and politics. We round out the sessions by building skills and sharing strategies and tactics for organizing.

Topics include worker’s history, union essentials, inequality, human rights, political campaigns, radical organizing  & creative action, social movement building, inter-generational organizing, and more.

Program Details

TCC is an intensive program made up of 12 sessions that participants must complete. Eight (8) sessions are held live online over eight weeks, coupled with four (4) pre-recorded sessions that participants can complete at their own pace. Each session is a combination of facilitated discussion, presentations by guest speakers, and online engagement tools. Guest speakers will be young workers who are experienced organizers in their field.

We’re using a “flipped” webinar workshop structure. Prior to each session, participants will receive diverse content—an article, a video, an interview—to read or watch prior to the webinar. This enables greater analysis and depth of conversation to take place in the webinar itself.

There will be two program sessions offered for Winter 2015:

  • Each Tuesday from February 24 to April 14, 2015, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST. Participants must also complete 4/6 available pre-recorded sessions, which they can access at any time.
  • Each Wednesday from February 25 to April 15, 2015 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST. Participants also must complete 4/6 available pre-recorded sessions, which they can access at any time.

There is no registration fee to participate, but participants must have reliable access to high-speed Internet and a phone line.  This program is offered in English.

Program Expectations

To complete this course, participants must:

  • participate in all 8 live sessions (2 hours each);
  • complete 4/6 pre-recorded sessions (1 hour each);
  • prepare a creative response, to be submitted within 2 weeks of program completion (creative responses are very open – you can write an article for your union’s newsletter, do a blog post about what you learned, write a poem, record a video, create a painting or other art-piece…it’s up to you!);
  • engage with “flipped” pre-session materials, and come ready to discuss the session topics; and
  • participate with enthusiasm and a willingness to build solidarity!


As this is a newly developing program, we will ask participants to provide short feedback throughout the program, as well as more comprehensive feedback at the end of the course.

Application Process

Applications for the Winter 2015 sessions of TCC will be open from January 12 to February 4, 2015. Successful applicants will be informed within one week of applications closing. Due to the digital nature of this course, young workers from all regions across Canada are welcome to apply. Please note that this course session is offered in English. Click here for the application!

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) encourages members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify. Women, people of colour, workers with disabilities, LGBTQ workers, and aboriginal workers are encouraged to apply for this program.

The selection process for this pilot session will be a cooperative joint process between the CLC and our affiliated unions.

We’re Social: Join the discussion on Twitter using hashtag #TCC2015 And find us on Facebook!

Questions? Please direct any questions to youngworkers@clc-ctc.ca.