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welcome team members! / a strong start.

On October 13th, Pivot 2020 welcomed over 1000 new team members to our remote office- and they kicked off their eight weeks of work with a very strong start to build our foundations. Instead of diving right into the research that forms Pivot 2020’s core programming, we took this opportunity to land, reflect, make space to take on new challenges, and come together as a group. For three days, the new team met each other over huge one-thousand person Zoom calls, where facilitator Sam Bradd from Drawing Change (and his wonderful team of graphic facilitators and guests) led us through community agreements, an introduction to virtual work, conversations with Success Coaches from one our core partners, the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity (CCYP)... and so much more. We started off strong, through the process of grounding ourselves into a new work environment, and as we keep going through the program, are using this post to reflect on that week.

Here’s what Sam Bradd had to say about his experience as our orientation week facilitator, including about an incredible art activity that allowed our team members to showcase their voices in a new way:

“Two weeks ago, along with 950+ participants, we kicked off Pivot 2020! One of the best feelings was seeing how everyone in the room brings complex, intersecting identities and valuable life experience to their roles on Pivot – and your excitement for being part of changemaking across the country.

When you’re working for social change – it might be about shifting behavior, or raising awareness, or transforming policy and structures. It’s all important. And at Drawing Change, we believe a really powerful way to amplify advocacy is to use art. Artmaking taps into a deeper place, a place where we can speak our truths and amplify the voices of important issues. Art is a way to authentically share your expertise, about yourself.

So we asked 950+ people to grab a piece of paper, a pen (or any other art supplies) and make a tiny zine together. Fold it a few times, and add your thoughts. There’s no wrong way to make a zine, and all art is valid. Zines are about the process and not being perfect (kind of like being human). We asked people to write and draw about “What do youth voices look like in your city? How are youth voices being heard? How do you want them to be heard?” And in less than 15 minutes, we had hundreds and hundreds of submissions about where they are hearing voices like theirs (online, on social media, on (fill in some ideas here from the zines).

And when we make art – whether you make zines, or you’re a musician, an illustrator or a dancer - it attracts an audience. These people want to listen to your message …. Because youth have powerful things to say right now!”

-Sam Bradd, Drawing Change


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As part of our orientation week, team members created paper zines. Scroll down to see just a few of the zine activity submissions from our team members, that showcases just a bit about the power of each and every one of their voices in this program- as a collective, and as individuals.

Prompt: “What do youth voices look like in your city? How are youth voices being heard? How do you want them to be heard?”
  • Youth Voices in Calgary, AB, by Team Member Makayla.

  • Youth Voices in Halifax, NS, by Team Member Maren.

  • Youth Voices in Vancouver, BC, by Team Member Grayson.

  • Youth Voices in Mississauga, ON, by Team Member Sarah.


We would like to thank Sam Bradd and the entire Drawing Change team including Adriana Contreras, Tiaré Lani Kela Jung, and Annalee Kornelsen for their wonderful facilitation during our Team Member’s first week. Find out more about Drawing Change on their website drawingchage.com.

For more information about the work that the 1,200 young people at Pivot 2020 are currently doing this fall, check back for updates and features on our blog often, and follow us on social media @pivot_canada (Twitter) / @pivotcanada (Instagram) / Pivot Canada (Facebook). #pivot2020

This program is led by Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Youthful Cities and the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity, and funded by the Government of Canada.

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