Conference Spring 2013

“Thanks for a wonderful, engaging conference. You did a fantastic job of putting it together and the students had a great time. The activities for the teachers was also a nice change from what we are used to. Very well done.”

– Feedback from a teacher at Fletcher’s Meadow SS after YMAD February 2013

Youth Making a Difference 2013: Community Challenge took place on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at UTM (University of Toronto: Mississauga Campus).


8:30 Registration Begins

9:00 Opening

9:00 Get Pumped | Blake Fly (Acoustic Opera)

9:05 Official Welcome  | (Ontario Trillium Foundation)

9:10 All About ACCESS  | Daniel Francavilla (ACCESS)

9:15 YMAD Explanation | Video + Damon Pfaff (ACCESS)

9:20 Careers with Purpose | James Temple (PwC Canada Foundation)

9:30 From Ghana | Peter Awin (AfriLEAD Institute)

9:38 Get Pumped | Blake Fly (Acoustic Opera)

9:40 Creativity/Community  | Zahra Ebrahim (ArchiTEXT)

10:00 Topic Talks

10:10 Topic Talks (1 Per Room x 5)

  • Environmental Issues – Room 200
  • Poverty Alleviation – Room 210
  • Diversity & Inclusion – Room 220
  • Mental Health – Room 240
  • Aboriginal Issues – Room 250

10:45 Community Challenge  | + Educator Events

10:45 Work Period

12:30 Community Challenge Concludes

12:30 Organizational Fair

12:35 Lunch Break

1:20 Closing

1:20 On Local Transit  | MiWay (Mississauga Transit)

1:25 A Thank You  | Daniel Francavilla (ACCESS)

1:35 Departure


Find out more about this year’s Community Challenge Topics.

Who Should Come to YMAD?

We encourage you to find students that are looking for oppourtunities to get involved in their schools, community, volunteer with non-profit organizations, or those that may want to start their own projects. We have found that these students are particularily interested:

  1. World Issues and Leadership Classes
  2. International Volunteer Trip Atendees
  3. Social Justice Club Members
  4. Chaplaincy or Faith Team Members
  5. Student Council Executives & Volunteers
  6. DECA, SAGE, Entrepreneurship Clubs

View or Download the full School Registration Package below.