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Youth Council

Youth United make a difference in our city.

Youth United’s mandate is to engage the next generation of city leaders — motivated, inspired high school students who want to take on the challenge of creating positive change in our city. Youth United is led by the Leadership Council and its members are integral to its success. Each Youth Councillor is a former Youth Ambassador who volunteered his or her time and leadership skills to United Way Toronto by holding fundraising campaigns and events at his or her high school. As Youth Councillors, these young leaders are now taking their involvement and commitment to the next level.

Council members take on many important roles. They advise Youth Ambassadors on how to spark youth engagement, drive marketing initiatives, network with other youth leaders across schools, recruit new Youth United Ambassadors, lead meetings, advise and troubleshoot for Youth Ambassadors, volunteer with United Way Toronto member agencies, make presentations about youth participation at other schools and in corporate settings, and generally provide a forum for students to stay connected and get involved.

2013-2014 Youth Councillors

This year’s Youth Councillors are:

Ajay Shah, University of Toronto Schools

Arjun Sahota, RH King Collegiate Institute

Gina Kwon, Martingrove Collegiate Institute

Jiarui Pu, Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute

Lauren Clarfield, The York School

Lucy Shao, Earl Haig Senior Secondary

Nera-Lei Vasilko, Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute

Saadia Sarker, Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate Institute

Vaishagi Ravendran, Parkdale Collegiate Institute

To apply to the Youth Council, you must already be a Youth United Ambassador. We’ll be accepting applications for new Youth Councillors in spring 2014. Youth Ambassadors are accepted year-round. You can find the Youth Ambassador Application form here. If you have questions, contact us at

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