Who We Are
The Students Commission was founded in 1991 with a mission to help young people put their ideas for improving themselves, their communities and their world into action. In the year 2000, The Students Commission became the lead of The Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement, which networks academics, youth organizations and young people together to provide research and training to improve youth programs and youth engagement in Canada.
An independent, charitable, non-governmental organization, The Students Commission is active across Canada, supporting young people to participate in the activities of local, provincial, national and international organizations and governments. The Students Commission:
- holds conferences for youth, and for adults who work with youth, to learn skills, share information and address barriers.
- supports young people to develop projects to assist people in their communities.
- delivers workshops in schools, community organizations, and at our offices.
- trains young people in office skills, research and evaluation, facilitation, desk-top publishing, web design and video production.
- develops programs with youth in the areas of substance abuse, violence prevention, mental health, stress management, and tobacco prevention.
- engages youth in discussion groups, consultations and youth advisories to amplify the ideas of young people.
- conducts research and evaluation on meaningful youth engagement, communicates results, and develops policies and guidelines.
- develops and distributes tools and resources for youth and adults who work with youth.
The Students Commission is NOT a government agency. We use the word "Commission" in the sense of empowerment: adults who trust and share power with youth to take action and work with them as equals.
The Students Commission operates on four pillars: Respect, Listen, Understand and Communicate™. These are our core values and our core process.
How did it start?
The Students Commission grew out of a national magazine, founded by youth for youth in 1940. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Teen Generation or TG, was written by youth for youth and distributed in all high schools in Canada, supported by professional adult allies. This partnership between youth and adults, with its core process of addressing issues through engagement of youth and effective communication, expanded in 1991 into The Students Commission.