DTBY helps youth thrive, not just survive.

What would the world be like if we all chose to rise above our self-doubt, fears, and make our mark?

Dare to be Youth Charity (DTBY) empowers high school students and young adults (14-24) in the Halton/Hamilton regions and beyond to unlock their potential through peer mentorship and leadership initiatives.

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it’s a movement dedicated to empowering 14-24 year olds

our programs

These programs help young people thrive by capitalizing on their strengths to build and grow a healthy foundation of resilience to navigate life’s challenges.

join our community

Our long-term goal is to see businesses and people within our community continue to be engaged and contribute so that we can sustain giving in an even bigger way.

invest in youth

Whether it’s $25 or $5 a month, your donations help build positive relationships and build community engagement through various volunteer and leadership opportunities today’s youth wouldn’t otherwise have through various personal development, volunteer, and leadership opportunities.
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CYC embraces the movement of purpose, authenticity, and most importantly peer mentorship. We are stronger together.

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student volunteer initiatives

An opportunity for highschool students to participate and engage in meaningful community service initiatives, paying forward the action of giving back.

peer networking and community engagement

Are you part of a youth leadership group? Join our peer-to-peer network to engage with our CYC and build community with an inspiring network of peers.

Community Youth Council for youth inspire program grads

Youth will be invited to join the CYC, providing them with further opportunity to take a leadership role and drive change.

financial wellness & resilience series

This series focuses on helping youth get set up for a life of financial wellness, and on how to be resilient during financial challenges.

youth inspire community day replay

This year’s virtual event has ended. However, not to worry. We will be making the recording available in the coming weeks.

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We are stronger together.

Follow us on instagram @cycforchange to join us as we build community.

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Youth inspire community day had a big impact on how I think when overcoming obstacles. Before, I though that it’s better to leave things alone rather than to overcome difficulties. Now, I know that it’s worth it to keep pushing through setbacks because it can get you to a better place than before.
I think Youth Inspire Community Day is a great way to build resilience. The event taught me a lot about confidence. It was inspiring listening to all the guest speakers and learning about their lives and resiliency stories. This event is a great way for youth to learn, experience, and build confidence.
I don’t usually like participating in events about inspiration as they seem repetitive, but DTBY was so valuable that even my parents started watching with me 1/2 way. The passion the speakers had about their messages was phenomenal, and I feel safe knowing that I’m not the only one who feels empty at times.

DTBY Events

Checkout some of our exciting upcoming events! There’s always a lot going on.