ACIC’s suite of opportunities for youth (grade primary – high school) can be found on the ACT 4 Global Change website.

ACT 4 Global Change invites Atlantic Canadian youth to get informed, get inspired, and take action on global issues. Hosted by the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation with partner organizations across Atlantic Canada, ACT 4 Global Change programs support leadership skills, offer travel opportunities, and provide peer connections for youth who want to make a difference in the world.

ACT 4 Global Change


The ACT 4 Global Change Youth Conference brings together a diverse group of Atlantic Canadian youth aged 15-18 years in a rural setting to learn about global issues and develop skills in an interactive, exciting educational environment. During the conference a variety of workshops are held on topics, for example creating a culture of consent, planning successful events, the triangle of oppression, ethical volunteerism, using poetry as a means for social movement, creating sustainable communities and more. Workshops are hosted by staff, member organizations, past ACIC interns and volunteers. A primary focus is to provide skills that participants can take home to their communities to effect change locally and internationally.


Four Atlantic Canadian youth (one from each province) are selected each year as ACT 4 Global Change Ambassadors. As a team, they come together to build leadership and facilitation skills, learn about global issues, and to build connections with each other.

In celebration of International Development Week, the ACT 4 Global Change Challenge is a competition for elementary schools from across the Atlantic region. Teachers and students are challenged to complete the most ACTivities for global change from February 1 to February 28.

The ACT 4 Global Change Tour invites four Atlantic Canadian youth to travel overseas to get a first-hand experience of an international cooperation project with an Atlantic Canadian partner organization. After the Tour, participating youth share the story of their journey in their home communities through presentations to local schools and groups.