The 6 Degrees Junior Fellowship Program supports young people from Canada and around the world in their initiatives related to inclusion and citizenship. Junior Fellows actively participate in 6 Degrees Citizen Space by attending sessions and events, and remain connected to the ICC as 6 Degrees Ambassadors.
2017 6 Degrees Junior Fellows
The number of applicants in 2017 far exceeded our expectations, with more than 350 from dozens of countries competing for one of 12 spots (quadrupling our total from last year). The process of whittling down hundreds of outstanding applications was both difficult and inspiring. It is clear there is an untapped need for greater inclusion worldwide.
The 2017 cohort of Junior Fellows is comprised of eight women and four men, of whom six are Canadian. The other six bring stories and experiences from around the world, including Belgium, Colombia, Greece, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Singapore, Spain, and Sweden. Junior Fellows will participate in all sessions at 6 Degrees Citizen Space, and will remain engaged afterwards as ambassadors for 6 Degrees. As part of their Junior Fellowship, they will receive a $2000 CAD grant to bring their proposed inclusion project to fruition.
Sara Alavian, 24
Project: Podcast that explores the intersection of urban policy and the social factors of health
Arpita Bisht, 27
New Delhi, India
Project: Community integration program in Vasant Kunj Institutional Area, New Delhi
Arianna Espinosa Oliver, 28
Project: Tres Cocos: a digital platform for policy analysis and civil society participation
Inaara Hasmani, 19
Project: InterFaith: a one-day, monthly excursion to explore Toronto’s vast diversity
Kawthar Karout, 19
Project: Girls’ Café: supporting women’s rights in Sweden
Bernard Lim, 24
Project: Courageous Conversations: a campaign to promote religious harmony
Project: HealthBridge: eliminating the language barrier in Canadian health care
Conor McGlynn, 24
Project: The EuroBabble Podcast: promoting active European citizenship
Derakhshan Qurban-Ali, 24
Project: WelcomeHomeTO: Connecting resources, people, and organizations who support newcomers
Coral Salvador Soy, 24
Project: Running a back-to-school program for refugees in Greece
Nayaelah Siddiqui, 22
Project: Empowerem: Creating safe spaces for young Muslim women
Rodney Stehr, 25
Project: Providing intersectional programming for queer youth in suburban Metro Vancouver
Thank you to RBC, the Janmohamed Nagji Jinah Family, Air Canada, City of Vancouver, Global Centre for Pluralism, LiUNA, and United Way: Toronto and York Region for supporting the 2017 fellowship program.