The Youth Ambassadors Program is a program offered by the UCC Charitable & Educational Trust.

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About the UCC Youth Ambassadors Program

The UCC Youth Ambassador Program is an eight month-long youth leadership program that aims to foster emerging leaders’ skills, policy awareness, and cultural understanding, and empower them to undertake projects and initiatives to address local community needs. This is a part-time, on-line program that can be easily combined with your school or work.

Throughout the program’s duration, youth ambassadors will be expected to organize and actively participate in an array of events and projects. With a total of approximately 200 hours of learning and practice (on average 6 hours/month), these include:

  • Leadership: This program aims to empower young people by nurturing leadership abilities. Participants will cultivate these skills through workshops, interactive sessions, and real-world projects. They will also be mentored by senior community leaders representing different sectors.
  • Skills and Competencies: The program will offer comprehensive workshops led by experts from different organizations to enhance participants’ understanding of fundraising strategies, policy development, project management, ethics and inclusion.
  • Peer Networking and Engagement: Participants will have the unique opportunity to connect with like-minded peers from diverse regions across Canada. This nationwide network will foster a sense of unity and collaboration, encouraging the exchange of ideas and experiences.
  • Community Engagement: As part of this program, youth ambassadors will be invited to engage with UCC member organizations across Canada.


Youth Ambassadors serves as a platform for enthusiastic and driven young people who are passionate about making a positive impact in their communities and in Canada, in line with the three pillars of the UCC work:

  • Growing our Community
  • Celebrating and Advancing our Ukrainian Canadian Identity
  • Supporting Ukraine

Advisory Council

The Council brings together community leaders with diverse backgrounds, who will provide invaluable guidance and support to the Youth Ambassadors Program. Their expertise and passion will support the growth and development of program participants and broaden the program’s reach.

Learn more about the Council 

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Dr. Christine Czoli

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Demyan Hyworon

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Tamara Balan

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Lidia Narozniak

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Ruslan Tracz

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Dr. Oleksandr Romanko

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Dr. Lyubov Zhyznomirska

Meet our inaugural cohort

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The Youth Ambassadors Program paves the way for a stronger, more engaged, participatory and inclusive community with young leaders who have access to the resources they need to succeed.Investing in youth engagement is an investment in the future leadership of the Ukrainian Canadian community.

How to Apply

The application period for the Youth Ambassador program is now officially closed. We extend our gratitude to all who submitted their applications.

Please note that applications for the Youth Ambassador program open annually in the spring. We encourage interested individuals to stay tuned for updates and announcements regarding the next application cycle.


This is an unpaid program. However, youth will receive a small grant for their project that will support the needs of the local Ukrainian Canadian Community. Youth Ambassadors are expected to incorporate learnings of the program into planning, execution and closure stages. Some examples include:

  • Organizing community service initiatives
  • Hosting leadership workshops or seminars for local youth
  • Collaborating with local businesses or organizations on initiatives aligned with program objectives
  • Creating and executing a fundraising campaign for a social cause
  • Creating an awareness campaign
  • Planning and implementing a youth-led conference or summit on a relevant topic
For more information or (613) 232-8822