"An emergency like Covid-19 is overcome in the first place by the antibodies of solidarity.”
- Pope Francis

Y4O Advocacy Symposium
Solidarity in a COVID-19 world

October 23-24, 2021

Listen to inspiring speakers, participate in meaningful workshops and connect with others who are seeking to build a just future for all. Through solidarity, we can address vaccine inequity, global migration and social and ecological justice issues. Together, we can build a more just world.

The Y4O symposium will allow me to hear from a diverse selection of individuals worldwide and connect with other students who are passionate about social advocacy like myself. I feel the only way to continue my path as a faith-based activist is to hear from marginalized people and ask what I can do to help. Connecting with the youth across Canada will be a great interactive learning experience that future initiatives can spring off from.

- Emma Gonzalez, St Mary's Catholic Secondary School, Pickering

Be part of creating a just future!

  • Learn about the reality faced by people in many parts of the world.
  • Meet and network with other young people with similar interests in social justice.
  • Develop your skills and confidence in advocacy.
  • Connect with grassroots changemakers from the Global South.
  • Ask the deeper questions about inequality, opportunity, justice.
  • Be an agent of change for good in our world.

Confirmed Speakers

Jacques Nzumbu SJ

Jacques Nzumbu SJ


Registration is now open. The agenda will continually be updated as more speakers are confirmed.
You can sign-up for workshops beginning August 25.

  11:00 am – 12:15 pm EDT

Anitalia Pijachi

Uitota community leader

 12:15 – 12:55 pm EDT

Networking opportunity

  1:00 – 2:10 pm EDT

Session one workshops:

 2:10- 2:25 pm EDT

Networking opportunity

 2:30 - 4:30 pm EDT

 4:30 – 4:55 pm EDT

Networking opportunity

  5:00 – 6:10 pm EDT

Session two workshops:

Juana Potes

Programs Officer, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Colombia

Katleho Khang

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

 6:30 -7:30 pm EDT


  11:00 am – 12:15 pm EDT


 12:15 – 12:25 pm EDT

Networking opportunity

  12:30 – 1:40 pm EDT

Session three workshops:

John McCarthy SJ

Ecology Facilitator, Jesuits of Canada

Elizabeth Penashue

Indigenous rights activist and Innu Elder

Noluthando Honono

 1:45 - 1:55 pm EDT

Networking opportunity

 2:00 - 3:10 pm EDT

Session four workshops:

Students from St Mary's Catholic Secondary School

  3:15 – 3:40 pm EDT

Networking opportunity

 3:45 – 5:00 pm EDT

Advocacy Training:

  5:30 – 6:30 pm EDT

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you will need to register to enjoy all the Y4O Advocacy Symposium Virtual Event features.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.
NO. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. You only need to have access to the Internet.
Yes, all workshops will be recorded and available on the VFair platform for up to 90 days following which they will be available from the Canadian Jesuits International website.
Yes, and Yes. You can register as an individual or you can coordinate a group within your school and get a group discount rate. If you are in a secondary school, please coordinate according to your particular school’s policies and procedures.
On August 25, we will send you the steps that will need to be completed by each member of your delegation to access the virtual event and sign up for workshops. Each member of your delegation must complete these steps by October 11, 2021.
You will be able to see their active profile in your account as administrator for your delegation.
The final list of participants need to be submitted by October 11.