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November 20 is National Child Day in Canada. It is also World Children’s Day, universally recognized around the globe and championed by UNICEF to mark the date in 1989 when children’s human rights were recognized. This year is the 30th birthday of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).


Take Over the Future: Youth Activism Summit

Today, more than ever before, children and youth are leading change in the world. They aren't waiting for adults to make change. Marches, petitions, protests, campaigns, in the streets, on social media and at the United Nations. Children and youth are taking over to create the future they want to see.


On November 20, the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, young people will come together at the very first Youth Activism Summit (YAS!) to build on their advocacy skills and take over the future. They don’t have another 30 years to wait for their rights to be fulfilled.

WHAT? UNICEF Canada is convening Canadian youth activists and everyday young advocates to share their skills, experiences, and priorities; learn about child and youth rights; and build on their advocacy skills.

WHEN? Wednesday, November 20, 2019


  • YOUTH ACTIVISTS: who are ready to inspire other youth with their skills and experiences
  • YOUTH AGES 12-24 (youth ages 12-18 will be given priority): who are passionate about making change in their communities, across Canada and around the world
  • ADULT ALLIES: who can offer skills and perspectives on child and youth rights, advocacy and change-making

SIGN UP to reserve your spot at this exciting event! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


On November 20 we’re asking Canadians to help #KidsTakeOver – our chance to hear from kids themselves on the issues and solutions that matter to them. It’s a day for kids, by kids, and everyone can get involved. Download the toolkit below to run your own Kids Takeover! 

[Kids Takeover 2018 Summary]