Opening/Closing Date: January 25, 2024 to March 15, 2024
Anticipated Start Date: April 27, 2024

Description

Pilgrim | April 27 - May 1, 2024 | $100 |  Young Adults (age 18-30)

Group in front of parliament
Credit: CFGB

The United Church of Canada invites United Church Young Adults (ages 18-30) interested in learning about global hunger and in meeting with MPs in person to apply for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) Hunger on the Hill Event being held in Ottawa April 27 - May 1, 2024.   The United Church of Canada is a member of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB).  

Are you concerned about climate change and the global food system?
About Canada’s role in improving food security for people around the world who experience hunger?

Join us to learn more about the importance of advocacy in addressing the major challenge of hunger and climate change.

What you can expect?

  • Connect with young people from across the country for this global mission
  • Dig deeper into learning materials sent right to your home in advance of the event
  • Participate in 2 virtual pre-training sessions so you're prepared to advocate well
  • Discover how you can be an advocate for change, and learn how to effectively communicate with elected officials about global hunger
  • Learn more about how climate change, gender inequality and food insecurity are connected to our food systems
  • Participants will work in small groups to meet face-to-face with MPs during the live and in-person event in Ottawa (April 27 - May 1)
  • Raise your voice in the debrief session about what you learned and where things can improve

CFGB is collecting a registration fee of $200 for approved applicants and will cover the cost of all trainings, accommodations, meals and other transportation in Ottawa.  
If you are part of The United Church, alert us that you are submitting an application and if selected, the General Council Office will cover your travel to and from Ottawa as well as $100 of your registration fee. 

To be eligible to participate with UCC support, you should:

  • Be a young adult (ages 18 - 30)
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to, and engagement in, The United Church of Canada (locally, regionally and/or nationally) 
  • Be concerned and interested in climate change and the global food system
  • Committed to all CFGB Orientation, Prep and Post program expectations and to upholding their mission and values
  • Willingness to speak to United Church groups about the experience and its impact
  • Willingness to participate in advocacy initiatives and community awareness building on food security issues locally and nationally

After participating, you are committing to:

  • Written piece (about 400 words) summarizing the experience, with 5 hi-res pictures and/or social media presence during the event  
  • Speaking engagements to UCC communities of faith about the experience 
  • Ongoing engagement in advocacy in collaboration with Church in Mission and CFGB staff 

Last year, five United Church young adults attended. Conor Russell shares about this experience in his blog, Acting for Climate Justice. 

To Express Interest

Complete the form on the Canadian Foodgrains Bank webpage before March 15, 2024.  

CFGB is encouraging many people to apply. However, they have limited space, and therefore cannot guarantee participation for all those who express interest. Participation will be confirmed on a rolling basis. So apply early.

If you apply, please also send an email to People in Partnership,  pip@united-church.ca.  In doing so, you are granting permission for The United Church of Canada to discuss your application and your participation (if accepted) with CFGB from selection to re-entry and follow up, and opening up door for UCC to financially contribute half of the registration fee and cover travel.